Do you desire to obtain a Post Graduate Work Permit which allows you to work after your study in Canada? Don’t worry we’ll show you how to simply apply for it.
Traditionally, getting a job in Canada requires you to have a work permit. There are actually different types of work permits for different statuses.
As an international student, it’s important to note that as soon as you graduate your study permit expires, and you’re also required to leave the country ASAP.
But if you don’t desire to go back to your own country, then your best bet is to apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP).
What Is A Canadian Post-Graduation Work Permit?
A post-graduation work permit (PGWP) is a permit issued by the government of Canada to international students who desire to remain and work in Canada after graduation from an accredited Canadian tertiary institution.
The Canadian Post-Graduation Work Permit is valid for 36 months (3 years). You can apply for the PGWP even without a job offer.
You can only apply for the Canadian Post-Graduation Work Permit once in a lifetime, it’s therefore important that you contact the International Student Advising in order to know the best time to apply for the PGWP.
Requirements for the Canadian PGWP (Post Graduate Work Permit)
International students who successfully obtain the PGWP, automatically obtain a Canadian temporary residence permit. Below are the requirements for applying for PGWP.
- You should be at least 18 years old.
- Studied in Canada as a full-time student for a period of 8 months at least;
- Proof that you completed your study.
- Must have graduated from any of the following institutions:
- University in any Canadian province, vocational education program, or public college from Quebec.
- A private university or college that abides by the same rules as a public college or university in Quebec.
- A tertiary institution in Quebec that offers programs of 900 hours, private secondary or longer and leads to a professional diploma
- Private schools in Canada that can award degrees like Masters, Bachelor’s, or Ph.D.
- You will have to apply for the work permit within 3 months (90 days) of your graduation.
- Have a valid study permit during the time of your application for the PGWP.
Can I still be qualified to apply for PGWP if I don’t have the requirements listed above?
Yes! Primarily, there’re certain situations where the requirements above are waved. Below are the situations:
- That you joined in an accelerated program that was supposed to last for 8 months, but you finished it in 6 months;
- You were transferred from one Designated Learning Institution to another and the combined length of your studies in the two institutions was more than 8 months;
- That you got transferred from an institution that was not a DLI to a DLI and studied for 8 months or more in the DLI (all the time spent at non-DLI schools does not count.);
- If you engaged in a part-time study during your last semester as a result of a lighter course load;
- That you are a flight instructor who:
- Has finished a course on flight training in any training center in Canada and have been given a Canadian commercial pilot license, or
- You’re still in the process of obtaining the instructor rating and a job offer in the position of a flight instructor from a flight training center;
- For those graduating from a professional training program or Quebec vocational you must fulfill these criteria:
- Must have graduated from a private or public secondary school or from a private post-secondary school;
- Your diploma must be a Diploma in Vocational Studies (DEP), Diploma in College Studies (DEC), Attestation of Vocational Specialization (ASP), or Attestation of College Studies (AEC);
- You were enrolled in a full-time study program of 8 months or more.
Should in case you’re not able to satisfy any of the requirements listed above, then you’re to leave Canada back to your home country 90 days after your graduation.
NB: If you fall under any of the cases listed below, then you wouldn’t be eligible for a PGWP:
- If you enrolled in a study program that was less than 8 months;
- Your study period was more than 8 months but wasn’t continuous.
- If you were among the Canadian Commonwealth Scholarship Program which was funded by the GAC (Global Affairs Canada);
- If you were a beneficiary of the GCAW (Government of Canada Awards) Program funded by the GAC;
- You were funded by the GAC;
- That you had an Equal Opportunity Scholarship of Canada – Chile;
- That you took part in the Canada – China Scholars Exchanges Program;
- You took part in the Organization of American States Fellowships Program;
- That you have completed your study program as a student of distance learning from within Canada or from abroad;
- You have already had a PGWP.
How Do I Apply for PGWP?
There are two (2) ways of applying for the PGWP and includes online or paper-based. We often advise applicants to use the online method because the processing time is a lot faster than the paper-based.
You can apply for the PGWP wherever you are; whether inside or outside of Canada, just provided you’re eligible.
If you desire to still remain in Canada after completing your study program, then you can do that within 180 days. The 180 days begin to count from the day that you receive confirmation from your institution that you have completed your study program.
Your confirmation could be in the form of an official letter from your school, a transcript, your degree, or your diploma.
NB: If your study permit will expire before applying for the PGWP then you should change your status to a visitor before it expires.
As an international student if you have a limited time less than 90 days after your study permit expires to restore your status, then you’ll have to leave Canada after the 90 days.
Documents Required for PWGP
- Official letter from your institution confirming that you completed your study program.
- Official transcript or a copy of your transcript from your institution’s website.
Note that more documents could likely be requested as soon as you begin the application process. You could also be required to provide your photo and fingerprints (Biometrics).
How to Apply for PGWP From Inside Canada
International students that are still in Canada can apply online. But if you’re not able to apply online, then you can submit a paper-based application.
Reasons to Apply For Post Graduate Work Permit Online
- No courier fee or mail delivery time – Applications are received immediately.
- Applications are more quickly processed.
- You are sure of submitting a complete application.
- You can easily upload more documents if they are requested.
- It’s easy to monitor the progress of your application in your online account.
How to Apply for PGWP Online
Step 1: Get your documents ready.
NB: You could also need a scanner or a clear camera for electronic copies of your document to submit online. You could also need a valid debit or credit card.
Step 2: Read the instruction guide (A proper guide to successfully applying for your PGWP).
Step 3: Ensure that you have answers to every form even before you begin the process. Your answers are going to be used to create for you a personalized document checklist.
Step 4: Pay for the processing fees and biometrics fees (Biometrics is not often required, thus you’ll only pay for the fees whenever you’re asked to submit your biometrics).
The fees are usually required at the end of the application. You’re also going to pay for both the work permit fee and the open work permit holder fee. Other third-party fees could possibly be required, e.g medical exams police certificates, and services at a Visa Application Centre, that’s if you use anyone).
Step 5: Create your Online account. You can both pay your fees, submit an application, and also check your status on your online account. Create your Online PGWP Account Here.
How to Apply For Post Graduate Work Permit On Paper
Step 1: Ensure you have the application package consist of the instruction guide as well as other forms you’ll need.
NB: You wouldn’t receive any refund if you don’t get approved. It’s therefore advisable you check your PGWP eligibility before you apply. See the application package.
Step 2: Complete your application and also attaching the required documents. Your application could be delayed if some documents are missing.
NB: You could be required to pay a third-party fee for medical exams, language testing, police certificates, and services at a Visa Application Centre if you use one). The fees will be given directly to the agents and not the government of Canada.
Step 3: Pay the required processing fees which include:
- Processing fees. This is for you and anybody included in your application
- Biometrics (If included).
Ensure you pay all the required fees online before submitting your PGWP application. You will also have to pay for the open work permit holder fee as well as the work permit fee. The guide below will help you:
- Click here to pay your fees online.
- Select Temporary Residence to see a list of fee options.
- Choose both the work permit fee alongside the open work permit holder fee.
- The method is easy all you have to do is follow the instructions you see in order to complete your payment. Ensure you save a copy of your receipt on your computer.
- Print and also attach a copy of your receipt to your completed application.
Step 4: Finally, submit your application when you’re done by sending it to the address in the application package. Don’t forget to include the receipt of your fees and all other necessary documents.
PGWP Processing Time
The processing time for the Online Post Graduate Work Permit application is different from the processing time for the Paper-Based PGWP application.
The online PGWP processing time is about 51 days, meanwhile, the paper-based application processing time is around 107 days.
Can I Obtain A Permanent Residence In Canada With A PGWP?
You don’t automatically become qualified for a Canadian Permanent Residency with a Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). You can only become a permanent resident in Canada through programs like: