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Post-Graduation Work Permit

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Stay in Canada After Graduating: How to Apply?

AJ Law LLP’s Filipino Immigration Lawyer can help International students in Canada to profit from their education to stay in Canada longer. Graduates from eligible Canadian institutions also known as designated learning institutions (DLIs) can apply to obtain an open work permit called Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

Who is qualified under the program?

To be qualified in this program, the students must:


  • have studied in Canada, full-time and completed studying
  • the student must have graduated from Canadian designated learning institutions (DLIs)
  • completed and passed the program of study and received a notification that you are eligible to obtain your degree, certificate, or diploma
  • Valid study permit

Graduates must apply within 180 days of receiving written confirmation (i.e., a transcript or an official letter) from the institution indicating that they have met the requirements for completing the academic program.

Students will not be eligible for a PGWP if they have formerly been issued a Post Graduation Work Permit, participated in certain scholarship programs, completed most of their program of study by distance learning, and/or completed a program of study delivered by a non-Canadian institution located in Canada, regardless of their length of stay in Canada.

Skilled workers under NOC A, O, or B class that earned the experience through the PGWP will be qualified to apply to be a Permanent Resident.

How long can a PGP be valid?

A Post Graduation Work Permit is normally issued based on the length of the study program for a minimum of 8 months up to a maximum of 3 years.

The validity period is never longer than the passport validity date of the applicant. If the applicant’s passport expires before the validity period of the Post Graduation Work Permit, it is possible to apply for a work permit extension upon the renewal of their passport. It is important to note that applicants can receive only one Post Graduation Work Permit in their lifetime.

English as a second language or French as a second language course or program of study, general interest or self-improvement courses and a course or program of study at a private career college are not eligible for PGWP either.

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Can I work while still waiting for Work Permit?

Students who have completed their program of study are allowed to work based on the policy issued by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) while they are waiting for a decision on their post-graduation work permit 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

Get in touch with our Angeles & de Jesus Law LLP or AJ LAW LLP team at 160 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 406, Toronto, ON or via phone at +1 (416) 409-5991 or email us at [email protected] for your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION. You can also visit our website https://www.ajlawpartners.ca/ for more information about the services we offer.

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Can I work while still waiting for Work Permit?

Students who have completed their program of study are allowed to work based on the policy issued by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) while they are waiting for a decision on their post-graduation work permit 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

Get in touch with our Angeles & de Jesus Law LLP or AJ LAW LLP team at 160 Eglinton Avenue East, Suite 406, Toronto, ON or via phone at +1 (416) 409-5991 or email us at [email protected] for your FREE INITIAL CONSULTATION. You can also visit our website https://www.ajlawpartners.ca/ for more information about the services we offer.