Work in Canada after you graduate: How to apply

You can apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) from inside Canada or overseas, as long as you meet the eligibility.

You have up to 180 days after you receive confirmation from your school that you’ve completed your study program to apply for a work permit. This confirmation could be a degree, diploma, transcript or official letter from your school.

If you plan on staying in Canada and your study permit will expire before you apply for a PGWP, you should change your status to a visitor. You have up to 90 days after your study permit expires to restore your status or you’ll have to leave the country.

Get your documents ready

Before you can apply for a PGWP, you’ll need:

  • an official letter from your school that confirms you’ve completed your study program
  • an official transcript, or a copy of your transcript from your school’s website

We may request other documents once we receive your application.

You need to give your biometrics

In most cases, you now need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics) after you apply. Find out where biometrics fits in the application process.

You can apply for a PGWP online or on paper.

If you need to extend or change the conditions on your PGWP

You must apply on paper if you’re extending or changing the conditions on your PGWP. You can only extend your PGWP if your passport expired earlier than your PGWP validity should have been. You may need to change the conditions on your PGWP if you need to provide an additional document, like a medical exam, after you already applied.

You can only extend a PGWP if we tell you to.

Why you should apply online

  • No courier fees or mail delivery time – we get your application instantly.
  • Online applications may be processed more quickly.
  • Avoid processing delays. Incomplete applications are returned to you. Applying online helps ensure your application is complete before you submit it.
  • If we need to ask for more documents, you can quickly submit them online.
  • You don’t need to submit your passport until we ask for it.
  • Get updates on the status of your application directly in your online account.

Apply online

To apply online, you need a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents and a valid credit or debit card.

Read the instruction guide before you complete your application. As an online applicant, you can ignore steps 3 and 4 of the guide (paying the fees and submitting your application). Which instruction guide you need depends on where you apply from:

Pay your application fees

In most cases, your fees will include:

  • processing fees for you and anyone you include on your application
  • biometrics

You’ll be prompted to pay your fees at the end of your application.

Biometrics fee

In most cases, you must pay a biometrics fee when you submit your application. Otherwise you may experience delays. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo.

Fees

Processing fee: $155

Open work permit holder: $100

Biometrics: $85 per person

Family and group rates may apply to biometrics fees.

After you pay the biometrics fee with a complete application, we’ll send you a letter confirming that you need to give your biometrics and where you can go. You must show this letter when you give your biometrics.

You must give your biometrics in person. Make sure to book an appointment if this service is offered. Find a collection point close to you.

Third-party fees

Depending on your situation, you may need to pay third parties for:

Make sure you pay both the open work permit holder fee and the work permit fee. If you aren’t prompted to pay one of these fees, you must pay your fees online separately:

  1. Select Temporary Residence for a list of fee options.
  2. Select either the work permit fee or the Open Work Permit Holder fee, whichever you haven’t already paid.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete your payment. Save a copy of your receipt to your computer.
  4. Attach your receipt using the Letter of Explanation option in the document checklist of your online application.

Note: If you include an email address in your application, check it regularly for messages about your case. Some spam filters block these emails. If you aren’t sure you’re getting our emails, check your account on a regular basis.

Apply online

Apply on paper

Get the application package

There are different guides and forms to fill out, depending on where you apply from. The application package includes an instruction guide and all the forms you need.

Read the guide carefully before you complete your application. We won’t refund your application fee, so make sure you’re eligible for a PGWP before you apply.

Photocopy the blank forms and use one as a working copy. Keep the working copy for your records.

Choose the application package you need:

Complete your application and attach your documents

Make sure you include all the documents we ask for. Your application may be delayed if information or documents are missing. The document checklist in the application package lists all the documents to include.

Answer all questions carefully, completely and truthfully. We won’t process incomplete applications. We will return them to you.

Pay your application fees

In most cases, your fees will include:

  • processing fees for you and anyone you include on your application
  • biometrics

You can pay your fees online.

Other ways of paying your fees may be available depending on where you are applying from.

Biometrics fee

In most cases, you must pay a biometrics fee when you submit your application. Otherwise you may experience delays. The biometrics fee covers the cost of collecting fingerprints and a digital photo.

Fees

Processing fee: $155

Open work permit holder: $100

Biometrics: $85 per person

Family and group rates may apply to biometrics fees.

After you pay the biometrics fee with a complete application, we’ll send you a letter confirming that you need to give your biometrics and where you can go. You must show this letter when you give your biometrics.

You must give your biometrics in person. Make sure to book an appointment if this service is offered. Find a collection point close to you.

Third-party fees

Depending on your situation, you may need to pay third parties for:

Our instruction guides can help you understand which fees apply to you and show you how to pay them:

Submit your application

Mail your complete application package to the mailing address in the instruction guide.

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