Post-graduation work permit

Learn more about Post Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP) 

Directly following an eligible program of study, you may apply for an open work permit called a post-graduation work permit (PGWP), which may be valid for up to three years. The program allows graduates to gain Canadian work experience in National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill type 0 or skill level A or B, which assists them in qualifying for permanent residency in Canada through the Canadian experience class in Express Entry. 

The immigration information on this webpage has been reviewed and endorsed by a Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor (RISIA) in compliance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations. This is not a legal document and information may change without notice. Please refer to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for the most updated information 

Post graduation work permit application overview

When to apply?

Apply for PGWP before the Study Permit expires or becomes invalid to be eligible to work while the application is processed.

You have up to 180 days after the end of your program to apply for a PGWP.

Note:  If you finish your studies earlier than expected. Your study permit will expire on whichever date comes first:

  • The date marked on the permit

or

  • 90 days after the day you receive the letter of completion

How to apply?

You must apply online, unless you cannot due to a disability or a problem with the online application form

Applicant who are outside Canada, please visit IRCC website for more instructions

What to do if your study permit expired?

If you want to stay in Canada, apply for post graduation work permit  and restore status.

There are additional fees to restore your status and you won't be eligible to study until you receive a new study permit.

Processing Time

Processing times vary. Visit this IRCC page to check current processing times.

Fee

 

  • $255 CAD 
  • $85 CAD for Biometric (if required)

Application fees vary. If required, you will pay fees online after you upload all the documents.

 

Application form and IRCC guide for in-Canada application

IMM5710 - Application to change conditions, extend my stay or remain in Canada as a worker

Guide 5580 - Applying for a Work Permit - Student Guide - online application

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Steps to submit the post graduation work permit online application

Contact an Immigration Advisor

Immigration Advisors are here to assist you with your PGWP application.