The Ultimate Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Guide by Maritza Lopez



This is the ultimate guide that you should review in order to apply for a post-graduate work permit in Canada.

Post-graduation work permits are granted to international students who have completed a program of study in Canada. These permits allow them to work anywhere in the country.

These permits are valid for up to three years. It’s an excellent way for international students to gain valuable work experience in Canada. Once they have acquired the necessary skills and experience, they can apply for permanent residence.

What is a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)?

The post-graduation work permits are issued to international students who have completed their studies in Canada. They are open work permits, which means that they can work for any employer in the country. Before applying for a post-graduation program, make sure that the institution where you studied is eligible for the program’s post-graduation work permit.

Who is eligible for a PGWP?

In order to apply for post graduate work permit, you need to be eligible for a post-graduation work permit, an individual must be 18 years old and have completed at least eight months of study in Canada. They must also be enrolled in a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) approved to provide study programs. To apply for the permit, an individual must also complete their study program within 180 days following graduation.

How much time does it take to get a PGWP?

The post-graduate work permit processing time can range from 80 to 180 days. While waiting for your permit, you can still work in Canada, provided that you applied before the expiration date of your student permit.

Before, international students who left Canada after completing their studies were required to submit their applications exclusively from within the country. This has now changed as international students can now submit their applications from outside of Canada.

If you want to learn more about how long a post-graduation work permit is valid, we highly recommend you to visit official Canada’s immigration website.

Am I able to work after graduation before I apply for my PGWP?

International students who have already applied for a post-graduation work permit before their study permit expires can still work in Canada. These individuals do not need to carry a Canadian work permit to start working immediately.

How many times am I able to apply for a PGWP?

You must only apply for a post-graduation work permit once.

How can a PGWP help you immigrate to Canada?

The Post-Graduate Work Program was created to help international students in Canada obtain permanent residence. It allows them to work in the country. By bridging the gap between their studies and work experience, international students can easily apply for the Canadian Express Entry immigration system.

Having a Canadian educational background and work experience helps an Express Entry applicant gain valuable points towards their overall ranking system score.

Can I apply for permanent residence after my Canadian work experience?

If you’re already in Canada and have Canadian work experience, then you might want to consider applying for a permanent residence. The various immigration programs in the country have options for people with work experience.

  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Provincial Nominee Programs
  • Quebec Immigration Options

Would you like to read more about the immigration programs listed before, in the next blog article, we’ll be covering that and give you tips to apply successfully. Stay tuned.

Author: Maritza Lopez, is based out in Toronto, Canada and is currently studying a postgraduate program in Marketing Management and Digital Media at Lambton College.


Immigration, R. A. C. C. (s. f.). Work in Canada after you graduate: How to apply – Government of Canada. Retrieved on May 19th, 2022,


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