Post-Graduation Work Permit

Post-Graduation Work Permit

Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program

A post-graduation work permit (PGWP) gives you permission to remain in Canada and work full-time for a minimum of 8 months and up to three years after you graduate from a Canadian post-secondary institution.

The PGWP allows students who have graduated from an eligible Canadian designated learning institution (DLI) to obtain an open work permit to gain valuable Canadian work experience. Skilled Canadian work experience in the national occupational classification (NOC) code A, 0, or B that is gained through the PGWPP helps graduates qualify for permanent residence in Canada through the Canadian experience class, within the Express Entry category.


Post-graduation work permits are exempt from Labour Market Impact Assessments (LMIAs). They are considered an open work permit.


With a post-graduation work permit, as with all open work permits, graduates can:

  • work full-time;
  • work part-time; or
  • be self-employed.

PGWP Eligibility Requirements


Applicants can receive only 1 post-graduation work permit in their lifetime.

To obtain a post-graduation work permit, the applicant must currently hold valid temporary status or have left Canada. They must have graduated from an eligible designated learning institution (DLI). They must also submit clear evidence that they meet all of the following criteria:


  • They have completed an academic, vocational or professional training program at an eligible institution in Canada that is at least 8 months in duration leading to a degree, diploma or certificate, and
  • They have maintained full-time student status in Canada during each academic session of the program or programs of study they have completed and submitted proof as part of their PGWP application.

Exceptions Can Be Made in the Following Circumstances:


  • leave from studies;
  • final academic session; or
  • They have received a transcript and an official letter from the eligible DLI confirming that they have met the requirements to complete their program of study.

Note: The transcript and official letter must be included in a post-graduation work permit application.


Within 180 days of the date of applying for the post-graduation work permit, applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:

  • They hold a valid study permit, and
  • They were authorized to study in Canada without the requirement to obtain a study permit under paragraphs 188(1)(a) and (b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

Ineligible Applicants


  • have previously been issued a PGWP;
  • received funding from Global Affairs Canada (GAC);
  • participated in the Government of Canada Awards Program funded by GAC;
  • obtained the Equal Opportunity Scholarship, Canada–Chile;
  • participated in the Canada–China Scholars’ Exchange Program;
  • participated in the Organization of American States Fellowships Program;
  • completed the majority of the credits toward the completion of their program of study by distance learning; or
  • completed a program of study delivered by a non-Canadian institution located in Canada, regardless of their length of stay in Canada.


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