How International Students Can Work in Canada After Graduation?

If you are just graduated with a degree from the University of Canada and you are not up for staying in Canada afterward, you could write your application for a work permit. Yes, you heard it right! The work permit will allow you to work in Canada for a temporary period through Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP).
The Canadian Government’s Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program permits Canadian designated learning institutions’ graduates to work and gain experience in Canada. PGWP makes the work in Canada process a little easier. Here’s an overview of the program!

How to Apply for PGWP?

Check Your PGWP Eligibility
While applying for a post-graduation work permit, you must be within Canada. Right after your graduation, you have around 6 months to apply. Make sure, you are only able to work in Canada if you have valid or unexpired study and work permits. Don’t wait till the announcement of the semester results.

The candidate is eligible if;

  • Studied in a Canadian college, institution, university, or trade school.
  • Graduated from a Designated Learning Institution (DLIs)
  • Studied a program at least for 8 months
  • You are a full-time Canadian student in a program

If you are outside of Canada and want to apply for a PGWP, you can do so by showing approval for a study permit.

Be Ready with Documents
After checking your eligibility, you require a set of documents that includes the following;

  • Graduation degree/diploma/certificate;
  • Letter of Acceptance from the institution;
  • Original or a copy of Transcript

Note: The list is not exhaustive; it may include more documents.

Keep a track of your Application
The timeframe within which you can submit your PGWP application is limited. Either you can apply during those 6 months of receiving the Canadian university degree or even before the study permit expiration period. As the processing time is not the same for every candidate. Therefore, it is better to apply as soon as you get your degree.

Apply for PGWP

You can choose to apply for the PGWP either online or offline. It depends on whether you are within Canada or outside. Due to the benefits attached to PGWP online application, the majority of applicants apply online. You can also choose to apply offline if you are in Canada or outside Canada through a courier. But it is a well-tried suggestion to apply for PGWP online as the processing is faster and also you can keep a track of your PGWP application status.

Austin Campbell

Austin has been quite active in the immigration arena since 2010. He has authored over 250 immigration publications, given over 70 presentations, and organized numerous events featuring federal and provincial immigration ministers and leaders from other sectors. He is a graduate of the University of Toronto and Durham University.
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