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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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In 2010 Softtek was a new foreign company in the Canadian Market and although we were already very experienced with immigration matters in other countries, Canada was an exciting challenge that we needed to take with the best immigration support and our search led to Ms. Evelyn Ackah, whom at that time decided to start her own law firm. Working with Ms. Evelyn Ackah and her team has been a very pleasant experience, they understand our business and support our needs very professionally. Their support has been critical for our operation in Canada, we trust their knowledge, discipline and commitment. We hope to continue working with them for many years.

– Softtek Integration Inc.

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