Work or live in Canada after you graduate

After you graduate from your program of studies, you may be able to work temporarily or even live permanently in Canada.

Work in Canada temporarily after you graduate

To work in Canada after you graduate, you need a work permit. The work experience you gain while working may help you qualify for permanent residence.

Post-graduation work permit (PGWP)

Graduates of certain designated learning institutions are eligible for this work permit.

Find out if you’re eligible for a PGWP

Other types of work permits

If you’re not eligible for a PGWP, you may still be able to work in Canada after you graduate.

Find out if you’re eligible for another type of permit

Find your path to permanent residence

You’ve studied in Canada and maybe you even have Canadian work experience. Now, you’d like to live here permanently. We have options for you to become a permanent resident!

The Come to Canada tool can help you explore your options. You can also use the cheat sheet below to compare programs. Visit the program’s eligibility page to get all the details.

Before you compare programs, here are two key terms you need to know:

Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)

The Canadian standard used to describe, measure and recognize English language ability of adult immigrants and prospective immigrants who plan to live and work in Canada, or apply for citizenship. The Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) is used to assess abilities in the French language.

National Occupation Code (NOC)

The National Occupation Classification (NOC) is a list of all the occupations in the Canadian labor market. It describes each job according to skill type and skill level. For immigration purposes, these are the main job groups:

  • Skill Type 0 (zero): management jobs
  • Skill Level A: professional jobs that usually call for a degree from a university
  • Skill Level B: technical jobs and skilled trades that usually call for a college diploma or training as an apprentice
  • Skill Level C: intermediate jobs that usually call for high school and/or job-specific training
  • Skill Level D: labour jobs that usually give on-the-job training
Program Language skills Type of work experience Amount of work experience Job offer Education
Canadian Experience Class

You have intermediate or strong English or French skills

(CLB 7 if your NOC is 0 or A)

(CLB 5 if your NOC is B)

Canadian experience in one of these NOCs:

  • 0
  • A
  • B
12 months (combination of full-time or part-time work) Not required, but you can get points for having a valid offer

Not required, but you can get points for your secondary or post-secondary education

You can get extra points if your education is Canadian

Federal Skilled Workers Program

You have strong English or French skills

(CLB 7)

Experience in NOC

  • 0
  • A
  • B
1 year continuous (combination of part-time, full-time or more than one job) Not required, but you can get points for having a valid offer

Secondary education required. You can get more points for your post-secondary education

You can get extra points if your education is Canadian

Federal Skilled Trades Program

You have intermediate English or French skills

(CLB 5 for speaking and listening)

(CLB 4 for reading and writing)

Experience in a skilled trade under key groups of NOC B

2 years within last 5 years

Required:

  • an offer of full-time employment for a total period of at least 1 year, or
  • a certificate of qualification in that skilled trade issued by a Canadian provincial or territorial authority

Not required, but you can get points for your secondary or post-secondary education

You can get extra points if your education is Canadian

Provincial Nominee Program

You have strong English or French skills

Levels vary by province

It depends on the province, but includes NOC 0, A, B, C or D

It depends on the province It depends on the province It depends on the province
Atlantic Immigration Pilot

You have intermediate English or French skills

(CLB 4)

Not required Not required

Required

Job offer must

  • be NOC skill type/level 0, A, B, or C
  • last at least 1 year from the date permanent residence is granted
  • be for an employer in Atlantic Canada

You must have graduated from a publicly funded post-secondary institution in Atlantic Canada

Program must have been at least 2 years

Rural Northern Immigration Pilot

You have intermediate English or French skills

(CLB 6 if your NOC is 0 or A)

(CLB 5 if your NOC is B)

(CLB 4 if your NOC is C or D)

International students who studied in the community may be exempt from work experience requirements

Not required

International students who studied in the community may be exempt from work experience requirements.

Required

You must have a permanent job offer to work in one of the participating communities

Variable

See the eligibility requirements for more information.

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