March 24, 2023
what is PGWPP

What is a Post-Graduation Work Permit? (PGWPP) How to Get It?

PGWPP-If you are graduating and looking for a job, there is one more thing to consider before you hit the “send” button. You won’t have time after graduation as employers likely want someone who has already been working in Canada and therefore could be eligible for an employment permit. A post-graduation work permit or PGWPP is perfect if that’s what you need.

What is a Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP)

A Post-Graduation Work Permit Program, or PGWP, is a program that allows recent graduates to work in Canada for a period of time after they have completed their studies. This work permit is valid for 3 years and can be used anywhere in Canada.

The validity of the PGWP depends on how long your study program was. A PGWP is valid for 3 years if you studied a program of 2 years or longer. If your study program was less than 8 months, you are not eligible for a PGWP.

The length of the work permit ranges from 8 months to 3 years, depending on the duration of your program. Graduate students are eligible for a 4-year PGWP if they have completed their degree in less than 4 years. Request that your letter indicates the number of credits and/or explains why you would need a Post-Graduation Work Permit. Depending on the program, your application could be more complicated than others

PGWPP validity and application process

Graduates who have completed a program of study at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada may be eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). The PGWP is valid for one year from the date it is issued, and cannot be extended. If your circumstances change, such as having your study permit extended before it expires or changing your status to a visitor, you may be eligible to receive a new work permit with different conditions.

To be eligible for a PGWP, you must provide authorization documents proving the permission to take time off during the academic year. The paper application process takes 107 days. This information only applies to the paper application process; online applications are processed much more quickly.

PGWPP Eligibility Requirements

There are a few eligibility requirements to participate in the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP):

  • You must have completed and graduated from an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • You must have applied for, and been accepted into, a full-time program at an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution.
  • If you are currently studying in Canada on a study permit, you are not eligible to apply for the PGWP.
  • You must include documentation proving your graduation and authorization to work in Canada with your application package. This will include your final transcript and letter of acceptance from the school you attended.

If you meet all of these criteria, then congratulations! You may be able to apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit!

PGWP eligible programs and institutions

In order to be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), students must graduate from an academic program at a designated learning institution. The length of the program of study must extend over 8 months, and the student must receive a graduation letter and official transcript in order to be eligible for the PGWP program.

Additionally, students must be full-time students and have no work experience during the program of study. It is important to note that a new study permit is required if the status changes from visitor to either student or worker; this change becomes valid after 90 days. The maximum time allowed for a program is four years, with part-time studies allowed in the final semester only. Students are allowed to apply for immigration after finishing their programs, but the clock starts ticking from the date of completion.

It is important that students consult with an advisor before applying for a work permit and doing so later than 90 days may lead to disadvantages. Students applying within 90 days of program completion have many advantages, like working while they wait for the decision on their application. However, if you are unable to submit your application within this timeframe, don’t worry! You may still be successful in some cases – but we recommend applying within 90 days.

How long does it take to get a PGWP?

The processing time for a PGWP usually takes between 80-180 days. However, there are some cases where it might take longer to process, so be patient. Once you have received your post-graduation work permit, it will be valid for up to one year. If you need to stay in Canada for another year, the permit can be renewed – just make sure you apply before it expires.

Now that you’re done with school and want to work in Canada, here’s what you need to know about getting your post-graduation work permit (PGWP). First of all, did you know that students no longer have to submit their PGWP applications from within Canada? That’s right! You can now apply from abroad as long as you’re outside of Canada when you submit your application.

However, sometimes additional documentation is requested such as an original transcript or a letter of acceptance from the university. The validity of the PGWP can also depend on how long your program lasted. For example: if your study program was more than 8 months long then congratulations–you may be eligible to receive your PGWP for 3 years!


How do you qualify for PGWP?

In order to be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), you must meet the following requirements:

  • You must have been a full-time student at a designated learning institution in Canada.
  • The duration of your program of study must have been less than eight months.
  • You must provide a graduation letter and an official transcript from the school you attended in Canada.
  • If you’ve taken time off without permission, you’re not eligible for a study permit in the future.
  • The student must have graduated from a program at VIU which is longer than 8 months
  • The student must provide a graduation letter and official transcript
  • To be eligible for PGWP, you must have been in Canada on a study permit and not left the country after its expiration.

What is the difference between a work permit and open work permit in Canada?

There are two types of work permits in Canada- open and closed. An open work permit allows the holder to work for any employer in Canada, while a closed work permit is specific to one employer only. The PGWP is a temporary residence permit that falls under the category of open work permits.

Can PGWP be issued twice?

You may only apply for a PGWPP once. However, if you have already completed a program of study and are applying for another program of study that is longer than three years, you might consider applying strategically in order to extend the validity period of your PGWP.

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