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Post Graduate Work Permit

Foreign nationals who complete a post-secondary program in Canada offered by a Canadian institution may be eligible to apply for a one-time Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). A Post Graduation Work Permit will grant work authorization to work in Canada on a part-time or full-time basis upon completing your studies. A Post Graduate Work Permit can be issued for the same length as the study program or up to a three-year period.

To receive a Post Graduate Work Permit, the study program must be a minimum of eight (8) months, and the Designed Learning Institution must offer programs eligible for Post Graduate Work Permits. Usually, for programs that are eight months or up to two years, the Post Graduation Work Permit is issued for the length of the program. A three-year work permit will be issued for those who have studied for two (2) years or more, despite if the period of study was more than three (3) years.

If you completed more than one program in Canada, you would only be issued one work permit after completing your studies.

You do not have to have a job offer to obtain this work permit or a Labour Market Impact Assessment.

Remember that this work experience can increase your chances for permanent residency under Express Entry.