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Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program Overview

Canada’s Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program is a unique opportunity for graduates from eligible Canadian postsecondary institutions to extend their stay in Canada through meaningful employment. This program enables eligible international student graduates to gain valuable Canadian work experience, which is a crucial step for those considering permanent residency in Canada.

Eligibility and Application

Graduates from an eligible full-time program of at least eight months in duration at a designated learning institution in Canada may apply for the PGWP. It’s important to apply within 180 days of receiving your final grades to qualify for this opportunity.

Work Permit Duration

The duration of the PGWP varies, ranging from eight months to a maximum of three years, depending on the length of your study program. In a significant update as of February 15, 2024, graduates from master’s programs of less than two years will now qualify for a three-year work permit, ensuring that all master’s degree holders can benefit from extended work opportunities in Canada.

Employment Opportunities

As a PGWP holder, you have the flexibility to work full-time, anywhere in Canada, and in any occupation, though some jobs may require a medical exam. This open work permit is a stepping stone towards gaining the Canadian work experience required for permanent residence.

Recent Policy Changes

For Students of Public/Private Institution Partnerships: Effective May 15, 2024, new students of public/private institution partnership models under curriculum licensing arrangements (PPPs) will no longer be eligible for the PGWP. However, students already enrolled in PPP programs before this date will retain their eligibility post-graduation.
For master’s Program Graduates: Starting February 15, 2024, master’s students graduating from programs shorter than two years are now eligible for a three-year PGWP, aligning their opportunity with other graduates.

How We Can Help

At Worldbridge Immigration Services, we are committed to guiding you through the PGWP application process, offering expert advice tailored to your individual circumstances. Whether you’re navigating the eligibility criteria, preparing your application, or planning your career path in Canada, our team is here to support you every step of the way.

For personalized assistance and to learn more about how these changes may impact you, contact us today.
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Kitchener, ON Canada
March 25, 2024

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