Students who have completed their program of study are now allowed to work while they are waiting for a decision on their post-graduation work permit (PGWP) application. International Graduates who are eligible to work full time without a work permit will be able to maintain their ability to work legally in Canada even if they leave and re-enter the country. International students must apply for their PGWP before their study permit expires in order to be allowed to work full time.
Post-Graduation Work Permit eligibility requirements: To obtain a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), the applicant must currently hold valid temporary status or have left Canada. They must have graduated from an eligible designated learning institution (DLI). They must also submit clear evidence that they meet all of the following criteria:
- They have completed an academic, vocational or professional training program at an eligible institution in Canada that is at least 8 months in duration leading to a degree, diploma or certificate.
- They have maintained full-time student status in Canada during each academic session of the program or programs of study they have completed and submitted as part of their post-graduation work permit application.
- They have received a transcript and an official letter from the eligible DLI confirming that they have met the requirements to complete their program of study.
- Within 180 days of the date of applying for the post-graduation work permit, applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:
- They hold a valid study permit.
- They held a study permit.
- They were authorized to study in Canada without the requirement to obtain a study permit.
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