The Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) allows international students to remain in Canada as a worker and work full time for up to three years once they graduate from a Canadian post-secondary institution, college, or university.
The Government of Canada provides the PGWP as part of its efforts to attract international students and retain them as skilled workers. It is a way for international students to gain valuable Canadian work experience, which is one of the vital steps on an international student’s path to permanent residence, and eventually citizenship, in Canada.
Are you eligible for Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)?
In order to be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), an international student must meet these fundamental criteria:
Note that international students can only receive one Post-Graduation Work Permit from IRCC. It is issued only once in a lifetime, therefore, if you have plans to pursue further studies in Canada, you need to consult an international student advisor.
Do you need a Job Offer to get a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)?
Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) is an open work permit, meaning that it is not connected to a specific employer. It allows foreign nationals the freedom to work for different employers in different locations. Unlike the other Canadian work permits, the PGWP does not require a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for applicants.
Therefore, you can request a PGWP without job offer at the time of applying.
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