Post-Graduation Work Permit Info Session
International Students who will be graduating soon are encouraged to attend the information session at QUIC on Wed. May 29 2019 2:00 – 3:00 pm.
Students who complete an academic degree, diploma or certificate program that is at least 8 months in length may be eligible for a work permit through the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP).
This program is available after the completion of one program. It is a “once-in-a-lifetime” program which means that even if you complete three degrees in Canada, you can only participate in the program once.
The work permit that is issued is “open”. This means that it will not name an employer (a job offer is not required). This allows for movement between employers.
More information is available from Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada.
When To Apply
You must submit your PGWP application within the 180 days following the completion of the requirements of your program.
You do not need a job offer to apply.
Undergraduate students are usually considered to have completed the requirements of their degree on the date that marks are released after their final exams. For graduate programs, it is the date the revised thesis is submitted (in thesis-based programs). Check with your Faculty, academic department, or the Office of the University Registrar to confirm.
If your study permit expires after you apply for the PGWP but before it is issued, you can remain in Canada under “implied status” while you wait for a response from Citizenship and Immigration Canada.
Length of academic program Length of work permit
8 months to 2 (academic) years one month of work for every month of study
2 (academic) years or longer 3-year work permit
If your passport expires during the period of your work permit, you should be able to extend the permit after getting a new passport.