Post-graduation work permits are exempt from Labour Market Impact Assessments. With a post-graduation work permit, graduates can:

  • work full time

  • work part time

  • be self-employed

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 and confirm it with the following documents:

  • letter confirming completion of the program of study

  • transcript

  • leave from studies

  • part-time status for final academic session

Regularly scheduled breaks such as winter and summer breaks are included in the time accumulated towards the length of the post-graduation work permit.

The validity of the PGWP may not go beyond the applicant's passport validity date. If the applicant's passport expires before the validity period of the PGWP, the applicant must apply for a work permit extension upon the renewal of their passport to receive the full validity of their PGWP. PGWP can only be extended when the length of the permit could not be provided at the time of the application, due to the expiry of the applicant's passport.

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