The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) allows students who have graduated from eligible Canadian designated learning institutions (DLIs) to obtain an open work permit to gain valuable Canadian work experience. This experience can help graduates qualify for permanent residence in Canada through the Canadian Experience Class.
Students who have completed their program of study are allowed to work while waiting for a decision on their application provided they meet all of the following criteria:
they are or were holders of a valid study permit at the time of the post-graduation work permit application
they were a full-time student enrolled at a DLI in a post-secondary academic, vocational or professional training program
they were authorized to work off-campus without a work permit
they did not exceed the allowable hours of work
A post-graduation work permit may be issued based on the length of the study program for a minimum of 8 months up to a maximum of 3 years. When determining the length of a post-graduation work permit, officers may consider the duration of the program of study in Canada.
Applicants must apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) within 180 days of obtaining written confirmation, such as an official letter or transcript, from the designated learning institution (DLI) indicating that they have met the requirements for completing their program of study.