Post-Graduate Work Permit
Many international students who have completed their studies in Canada from Designated learning institutes are eligible to apply for an open work permit known as the Post-graduate work permit.
This post-graduate work permit allows the students to work for a Canadian employer and gain Canadian experience with any Canadian employer. This Canadian experience may help support their application to become a permanent resident of Canada
To be eligible for a post-graduate student permit, the international student must show the following:
- Be 18 or older at the time of the application
- Studied full-time and continuously in Canada in a study program at least eight months long
- Received a document from their respective school that confirms they completed and passed all the program requirement
- Applied for work permit within 90 days of the issuing of the letter that confirms they completed and passed all the program requirement
- Have a valid study permit at the time of the application
A public post-secondary school, such as a college, trade/technical school or university, or CEGEP in Quebec or
You are not eligible to apply for a Post-graduate work permit if:
- Studied in a program that wasless than 8 months
- Studied for more than eight months but with breaks (Example, if you take a semester off)
- Received any award or scholarship program funded by GAC
- Took part in Equal Opportunity Scholarship, Canada-Chile, Canada-Chile Scholars Exchange Program or Organization of American States Fellowships Program
- Studied through a distance learning programs either from abroad or within Canada
- Already had a post graduate work permit following any other program of study(PGWP is once in a lifetime work permit)
The Work permit under this category may be issued for the minimum length of the international student’s study program, for a maximum of 3 years.
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