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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.

18 Month PGWP Extension for International Students + More Immigration Updates

In an announcement issued April 22, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) outlined an 18 month PGWP extension for international students and other new measures that ...

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New Pathway To Permanent Residence For International Students: 450,000 New Students in 2021 Set Canada Record

Canada will develop a new pathway to permanent residence for international students, said Immigration Minister Sean Fraser to ApplyBoard in an online interview. ApplyBoard is ...

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US Student Visa In-Person Interviews Waived Through 2022

The U.S. State Department is waiving student visa in-person interviews and other temporary non-immigrant visa application interviews through 2022 due to the backlog of applications ...

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Was Your Study Permit Refused By A Bot?

New research indicates that a recent increase in Study Permit refusals may be due to AI: artificial intelligence programs or 'bots' that electronically scan the application and ...

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Canada Opens 2021 IEC Pools on March 1

The 2021 International Experience Canada (IEC) pools are open to young adults who wish to live and work in Canada on a temporary basis. 23 countries become eligible for the IEC program ...

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All Online Classes Qualify In PGWP for International Students

Canada has recognized that travel restrictions are hurting international graduate students by expanding temporary program changes so that all online classes from their qualified ...

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We've worked with Ackah Law twice now, to get our work permit and then to renew it, and it has been a pleasure both times. The staff is very cordial, fast and they're always prepared and come back with detailed and understandable answers. They understand time is of essence in these matters and are always moving at great pace. We really recommend working with them for your immigration matters.

- B.A. and A.G.

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