If you have graduated or completed a study program from one of the Designated Learning Institutes in Canada, a Post Graduation Work Permit allows you to stay in Canada with a temporary foreign worker status or as a temporary resident. The Government of Canada issues the Post Graduation Work Permit that stays valid for the same time period as your study program.
According to the Federal authorities of the program, the permit will not be issued to you if your study program was for less than 8 months of time. If it was for anywhere between 8 months and 2 years, you can apply for this permit. If you have completed more than one program that is PGWP eligible, your permit can be valid for the time period that is a sum of all the length of all programs.
Who can apply for PGWP
The application for this permit must be submitted within 180 days of the day you receive your final marks. You must have the below-mentioned qualifications in order to submit an application for a Post Graduation Work Permit.
- Your study permit must not be expired when you apply.
- You must have a valid visitor record.
- You must have submitted an application for an extension of your study visa before its expiry and are still waiting for a decision to be made.
- You must have submitted your application for changing your status to a visitor before your student visa expired and are waiting for a decision.
- You must have completed a study course from a designated learning institution.
- Your study program must have been for more than 8 months.
- You must have received a degree or a diploma or a certificate on completion of your study program.
- You must have remained a full-time Canadian student for the entire length of your program.
- For the last semester of your study, you could have been a part-time student or on an approved leave.
- You must have completed your study from a public post-secondary graduate school or a Canadian private school that has the authorization to award a degree, diploma, or certificate at the end of the program.
- If you completed your study from Quebec, it must have been from CEGEP or a private institute offering post-secondary education or a private institute offering secondary or post-secondary courses that are 900 hours or longer.
Who cannot apply for a PGWP
You cannot apply for a PGWP if any of the following is true for you
- You have already received a PGWP before
- You studied in a program that has a second language as French or English.
- Your course was a general interest program or a self-improvement course.
- You were a participant in the government of Canada Awards Program that receives funds from the Global Affairs Canada.
- If you received funds from Global Affairs Canada in the past.
- If you received the Equal Opportunity Scholarship, Canada-Chile or participated in the Canada-China Scholars’ Exchange Program.
- If you participated in the Organization of American States Fellowships Program.
- If you completed the major part of your course via distance learning.
- If you studied in a non-Canadian institute located in Canada.
- If your passport expires before the PGWP issued to you should have.