Work in Canada after you graduate: How to apply

There are two ways you can apply for a post-graduation work permit:

Apply online

If you are in Canada, you can apply online. To apply online you must have:

  • access to a scanner or digital camera to make electronic copies of your documents for uploading and
  • a valid credit card to pay with.

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

Find out if you’re eligible and apply online

Apply on paper

Get the application package

The package includes the application guide and all the forms you need to fill out.

Read the guide carefully before you complete the application form. We will not refund the fee for processing your form. Make sure you are eligible for the post-graduation work permit before you apply.

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

Download and print the application.

Complete application and attach documents

The application form has instructions. Read them and be sure to give us all the documents asked for. If information or documents are missing, it may delay your application. The document checklist in the application package lists all documents to include.

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

Pay your application fees

When applying to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, you must pay the “Open Work Permit Holder” fee and the standard Work Permit fee. Both fees are payable in Canadian funds only. You must pay your fees online when prompted as you apply. If you are not prompted to pay one of the fees, you must pay manually.

Pay your fees online

You will be prompted to pay all your fees automatically during the application process. To pay your fees online, you must have a:

Pay online after you apply

If you are not asked to pay the Open work permit holder fee during your application, you can still pay online:

  1. Select Temporary Residence for a list of fee options.
  2. Select the Open Work Permit Holder fee.
  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.

You may then proceed with your application normally.

For more detailed instructions, read the “Pay the fees” section of the application guide.

Submit your application

You must apply for a work permit within 90 days of receiving written confirmation that you met the requirements of your study program. This could include a degree, diploma, transcript or official letter from your school.

The application package has the mailing address where you must send your application.

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