International students who graduate from a designated learning institution in Canada often have the right to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). This is an open work permit that allows the students to work anywhere in Canada and is issued for the same duration as their studies for a maximum of 3 years. This post provides information on the new rules for obtaining a Post-Graduation Work Permit in 2019.
Who is eligible:
A student who graduated from a program of study of minimum 8 months from this list. This list indicates if the program of study is eligible for the PGWP.
The student has kept a full-time student status. Exceptions can be made for leave from studies of final academic sessions that are sometimes part time.
The student applies within 180 days of graduation.
The student NO LONGER needs to hold a current, valid student permit at the time of applying.
The student must NOT have received a PGWP in the past.
The program of study must NOT have been more than 50% online.
For a detailed list of requirements, click here.
With the help of a PGWP, many international students get their first job in Canada and proceed to apply for permanent residency.