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Post Grads Can Now Get a 3 Year Work Permit in Canada

Post Grads Can Now Get a 3-Year Work Permit in Canada

For the PGWP program, new rules are being implemented by the Canadian government.

  • International students can apply for a 3-year PGWP if they have completed their Master’s degree program, even under two years.
  • PGWP enables its holders to work for any employer anywhere in Canada.
  • From Sep 1, 2024, the students registered in curriculum licensing agreement programs will no longer be eligible for a PGWP.


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Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

A PGWP is granted to international students after completing their studies in Canada, enabling them to work:

  • For any employer
  • Anywhere in Canada
  • For as many hours as they like

However, the duration of your PGWP is determined by the duration of your study program or the expiry date of your passport.

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Eligibility For a PGWP

  • A designated learning institution (DLI) graduate – DLI is approved by a school or territorial government in Canada for international students.
  • They must have stayed to work in Canada temporarily.
  • They have completed a 2-year Undergraduate program, or
  • They have completed a less than 2-year Master’s degree program.

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How Long Does It Take to Get a PGWP?

While you are waiting for your PGWP to be processed, you are allowed to work in Canada if you’ve submitted your application before the expiration of your study permit. You have 180 days from the time you finish your study program to apply for your PGWP. However, if you’ve left Canada after completing your education, you can now apply for a PGWP from abroad.

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