Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

The Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) offers international students who have completed eligible programs in Canada the 

Eligibility Criteria: To qualify for the PGWP, applicants must:

  • Age Requirement: Be at least 18 years old.
  • Educational Qualification: Complete a full-time program of at least 8 months in duration.
  • Documentation: Provide proof of program completion, such as a graduation certificate, from your educational institution.
  • Application Deadline: Submit your PGWP application within 180 days of completing your studies.
  • Institution Eligibility: Graduate from an institution and program recognized for the PGWP.


Determining the Length of Your Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

All Provinces (except Quebec):

    • Study Duration 8 Months – Less Than 2 Years: The PGWP length can be up to one year or match the length of the study program.
    • Study Duration 2 Years or Longer: The PGWP can be issued for up to 3 years.

In Quebec:

    • Study Duration 900 – 1,800 Hours: The work permit’s length may vary, typically matching the program’s duration.
    • Vocational Programs (DVS or AVS): A pro-rated calculation is used to determine the permit’s length. If you complete more than one DVS or AVS program within 2 years, each being at least 900 hours, the PGWP length combines the duration of each program.

Special Considerations:

    • Regular Breaks: Scheduled breaks like winter and summer vacations aren’t deducted from the PGWP duration.
    • Multiple Programs: If you complete more than one program from a designated learning institution (DLI) within 2 years, and each program is at least 8 months long, the PGWP duration combines the length of each program. This applies to both Quebec and other provinces.
    • Masters or Doctoral Graduates: A 3-year PGWP may be issued if the eligible DLI confirms that the program was 16 to 23 months without scheduled breaks.

Note on Combined Length:

    • For combined program lengths of 2 years or more (or 1,800 hours or more for DVS and AVS in Quebec), the PGWP may be valid for up to 3 years.



Required Documents: Prepare the following for your application:

  1. Passport: Ensure it is valid for the entire duration of the expected PGWP. If your passport expires sooner, the PGWP issued will match the passport’s expiry date.
  2. Recent Digital Photo: Taken within the last 6 months.
  3. Study Permits: Copy of all study permit(s) as proof of your status in Canada.
  4. Proof of Completion: Documents from your Designated Learning Institution (DLI), like graduation certificates, completion letters, etc., and official academic transcripts.
  5. Health Sector Work: If intending to work in sensitive sectors like healthcare or education, an Immigration Medical Exam is required. This exam is crucial for receiving authorization to work in these fields.



To apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) in Canada, applicants have two main options:

    • Online Application: Typically the preferred method, where you create an account through GCKey or a Sign-In Partner (like a bank) to access the online system. Online applications are generally processed faster.

    • Paper Application: Necessary in specific scenarios, particularly when you need to extend or modify the conditions of an existing PGWP.


Application Process:

  1. Fill in Forms: Complete the Work Permit IMM5710e Application Form accurately.
  2. Compile Documents: Organize all required documents in a readable and proper format.
  3. Review: Double-check all information for accuracy and completeness before submission.
  4. Fees: The IRCC fee is $255 if applied for before your study permit expires. If status expired, include a restoration fee of $379 as applicable. Biometrics fee may also apply ($85).

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After Applying for Your PGWP:

  1. Application Processing:
    • Time Frame: Processing times vary; check the current estimates.
    • Status Updates: Monitor your application’s status via the online GC key portal.
  2. Working During Processing:
    • Eligibility: You may work full-time while your application is pending if your student permit was valid at the time of application and you were eligible to work off-campus before applying.
  3. Maintaining Legal Status:
    • Implied Status: Applying before your study permit expires grants you implied status, allowing you to legally stay in Canada until a decision is made.



Actions Following a PGWP Decision:

  • If Approved: Continue or commence full-time employment in Canada.
  • If Refused:
    • Cease Work Immediately: Stop working if you no longer have valid status. Assess your situation for any remaining legal options.
    • Restoration of Status: Consider applying for status restoration based on your circumstances.
    • Legal Implications: Understand the complexities, especially under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA), and seek professional advice if needed.



Support and Resources: For uncertainties or questions, seek advice from immigration consultants, lawyers, or contact IRCC directly.

Stay Informed: Regularly check for updates on immigration policies to understand how they may impact your status.

Need Help? Our support team is available for guidance or any questions about the PGWP application process.

  • PGWP (Post Graduate Work Permit) Application Fees $399

    Plus Government Fees.
    - IRCC Application Fee: $255.00 for the main applicant.
    - IRCC Biometrics Fee: $85.00 (if applicable).

    * Complex Cases: For applications with complexities or special considerations, an extra fee may be charged.

Frequently Asked Questions

The post-graduation work permit (PGWP) enables students who have graduated from eligible Canadian post-secondary institutions to acquire valuable Canadian work experience. Importantly, work experience gained through the PGWP Program can also contribute to an application for permanent residency in Canada.