The PGWP or Post Graduate Work Permit is designed for the international students to gain valuable Canadian work experience upon completion of their study program from an eligible Canadian Designated Learning Institute (DLI).
How can you apply for a PGWP?
To apply for PGWP, first, you will need to successfully complete your study from a Canadian DLI.
- After the official completion of your course of study (or, from the day of release of your final marks, whichever is earlier), you will have 180 days to apply for a PGWP.
- You can apply from inside or outside Canada.
Typically, you are also allowed to work when your PGWP application is in progress if you meet the following conditions:
- Your held valid study permit at the time of the post-graduation work permit application
- You were a full-time student enrolled at a DLI in a post-secondary academic, vocational or professional training program
- You were authorized to work off-campus without a work permit
- You did not exceed the allowable hours of work
Validity of PGWP
The exact validity of a PGWP depends on your course duration, and it can be anywhere between 8 months to 3 years.
Benefits of PGWP
- You can work full-time or part-time for any employer in Canada.
- You are allowed to reside in Canada for the length of your work permit.
Most importantly, you can gather valuable work experiences to apply for Canadian Permanent Residence under the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) later on.
PGWP cannot be extended once it reaches the validity period. Instead, you can explore your other visa options such as Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP), Work Permit under TFW, or Temporary Resident Permits, depending on your circumstances.