Post-Graduation Work Permit Program – [R205(c) - C43] – International Mobility Program
This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.
The Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program allows students who have graduated from eligible Canadian designated learning institutions (DLIs) to obtain an open work permit to gain valuable Canadian work experience. Skilled Canadian work experience in Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) categories 0, 1, 2 or 3 that is gained through the PGWP Program helps graduates qualify for permanent residence in Canada through the Canadian experience class within Express Entry.
- Post-graduation work permit validity and application
- Post-graduation work permit eligibility requirements
- Post-graduation work permit eligible programs and institutions
- Post-graduation work permit applicants and travel
- Temporary policy changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program
Students who have completed their program of study
Students who have completed their program of study are allowed to work (under paragraph 186(w) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations [IRPR]) while they are waiting for a decision on their PGWP application, provided they meet all of the following criteria:
- they are or were holders of a valid study permit at the time of the PGWP application
- they were a full-time student enrolled at a DLI in a post-secondary academic, vocational or professional training program
- they were authorized to work off campus without a work permit
- they did not exceed the allowable hours of work
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