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Post-Graduate Work Permit - PGWP

A post-graduation work permit allows students who graduated from a participating Canadian post-secondary institution to gain work experience in Canada.

How To Apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

Canada wants more international students to become Canadian Permanent Residents to help build the economy. To qualify and apply for PGWP applicants must:

  1. Graduate from a Canadian public institution or a recognized degree program at a private institution, include universities, colleges or Collège d'enseignement général et professionnel
  2. Apply online or print out and mail an application
  3. Apply within 180 days after your school issues your final marks for a post-graduation work permit.
  4. Pay all application fees, including the “Open work permit holder” fee and the standard fee.

The Post-Graduation Work Permit is an Open Work Permit; international graduates with a PGWP are not required to have a Canada job offer, can work in any occupation anywhere in Canada, and can change employers at any time.

Work experience through a Post-Graduation Work Permit Program can help support an application to become a permanent resident of Canada.

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Are you on an IEC Working Holiday Program and wondering if you will be required to leave the country?

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Update: Post-Graduation Work Permit Applicant Travel Outside Canada

Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) applicants can now travel outside of Canada while waiting for a decision on their application. Effective February 21, 2020, international students ...

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Are you qualified to move to Canada? Express Entry is Canada's skilled-worker immigration application process for high-skilled foreign workers and international students who ...

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In my role leading Human Resources and Corporate Services environments over the years, it has been my pleasure to work with Ackah Business Immigration Law, engaging their services and legal counsel for a wide variety of immigration matters. I have found their practice to be professional, knowledgeable and responsive, always at the forefront in educating clients on the changing face of Immigration legislation and requirements. It is my pleasure to recommend Ackah Business Immigration Law as experts in their field.

– Marci Hamilton, Manager, Corporate Services

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