Post-Graduation Work Permit
Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) allows international students graduated from eligible Canadian designated learning institutions (DLIs) to obtain an open work permit. This offers international students an opportunity to gain valuable Canadian work experience. National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill type 0 or skill level A or B experience helps graduates qualify for PR in Canada through the Canadian experience class within Express Entry.
PGWPs are exempt from Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIA) and are coded as C43, issued under IRPR 205(c)(ii). PGWP holders can work any number of hours with any employer, and can even be self-employed.
PGWP validity depends on the length of study program completed in Canada. Only the portion of study completed from an eligible DLI will count. If the final diploma/certificate was issued from an ineligible DLI, it will not count. In case, where a portion of study was completed at an ineligible DLI and transferred to an eligible DLI with final diploma/certificate issued from the PGWP eligible DLI, only the portion of studies completed at the eligible DLI will count.
PGWP can be issued for a maximum validity of up to three (3) years and may not be extended. There are cases where the PGWP was given for a shorter duration due to passport expiry, the applicant can apply for PGWP again with a new passport and get their balance of the PGWP length. For accelerated studies, the PGWP counts based on the original program length.
|Length of the program or programs of study, including Quebec vocational programs with a diploma of college studies (DCS) and an attestation of college studies (ACS)
||Length of Quebec vocational programs with a diploma of vocational studies (DVS) or attestation of vocational specialization (AVS)
||Length of the post-graduation work permit that can be issued
|The program of study is at least 8 months and less than 2 years.
||The vocational program of study is at least 900 hours and less than 1,800 hours.
||The length of the work permit should coincide with the length of the program, as confirmed by the eligible DLI in the written confirmation of program completion (such as an official letter of completion or transcript)
|The program of study is 2 years or longer.
||The vocational program of study is 1,800 hours or longer.
||If the length of the program is confirmed by the eligible DLI in the written confirmation of program completion (such as an official letter or transcript), the length of the work permit should be 3 years.
|The student completed more than one program from an eligible DLI within 2 years (each program being at least 8 months in length).
||The student completed more than one DVS or a DVS and an AVS from an eligible DLI within 2 years (each program being at least 900 hours in length).
||The length of the work permit should combine the length of each program. If the combined length of the programs is 2 years or longer (or 1,800 hours or longer for a combination of a DVS with an AVS in Quebec), the work permit may be valid for up to 3 years.