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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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Ackah Business Immigration Law managed my application for Permanent Residency in a very professional manner and gave very helpful advice. I witnessed the firms hard work and friendly nature first hand, making the complications associated with a PR application much easier to handle.

– Gordon McRorie

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