Post-Graduation Work Permit

Post-Graduation Work Permit program (PGWP) is designed for students who have completed their graduation from a Canadian designated learning institute (DLIs) can apply for an open work permit to obtain valuable work experience. To get this work experience, one should follow the National Occupational Classification (#NOC) which is categorized according to its types, e.g. type 0, skill level A or B. This work experience would help candidate to qualify for permanent residency through Canadian Experience Class.

The Canadian Experience Class #CEC make sure that the candidate looking for PR is well-qualified with Canadian education and with required work experience. This class of Canadian immigration is one of the most successful immigration program where it helps students to gain Canadian experience and get into mainstream Canadian job market faster and contribute to economy

A post-graduation work permit (PGWP) allows international students to work in Canada after completing their studies. It’s an open work permit, meaning you don’t need a specific job offer to apply. Here are the key points:


You must have graduated from a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada.

Check the DLI list to find out which schools have eligible programs1.

Starting September 1, 2024, you must complete at least 50% of your program in class in Canada.

For master’s degree programs of less than 2 years, you may be eligible for a 3-year PGWP1.


The length of your PGWP depends on:

The level and duration of your study program.

The expiry date of your passport (whichever comes first).

If your passport expires earlier, you’ll receive a PGWP valid until your passport’s expiry date. You can apply to extend it if needed1.

Work Opportunities:

With a PGWP, you can work full-time anywhere in Canada and in any occupation2.

It’s an excellent way to gain valuable work experience and explore pathways to permanent residence in Canada3.

In summary, the PGWP provides a bridge between your studies and your career, allowing you to contribute to the Canadian workforce while considering long-term immigration options. Remember to stay informed about any updates or changes to PGWP policies.

Important Links:

Designated learning institutions (DLIs)

Express Entry

Post-graduation work permit applicants and travel