Post-Graduate Work Permit

Foreign nationals who complete a post-secondary program (or certain secondary programs) as international students in Canada may be eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). These work permits authorize recent international students to remain in Canada to live and work after their studies are complete.

  • Eligibility Criteria
  • Benefits of Studying in Canada

Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWPs) are open work permits, meaning that they grant foreign nationals the freedom to work for different employers in different locations. Unlike the vast majority of Canadian work permits, the PGWP does not require a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) for successful applicants. PGWPs enable many recent graduates to gain valuable Canadian work experience. With enough work experience in Canada, many foreign nationals become eligible for Canada’s permanent residency programs, including one of the following pathways:

  • Canada Experience Class (CEC)
  • Federal Skilled Worker (FSW)
  • Federal Skilled Trades (FST)
  • Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)

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