Post-Graduation Work Permit Applications
Permit to work after graduation (PGWP)
Applicability and validity
Labour Market Impact Assessments are not required for post-graduation employment permits. They are classified as open and have the classification C43.
Graduates can work after graduation, just like they can with any other open work permit.
Work full-time, part-time, or as a sole proprietor
Subparagraph 205 of the Immigration and Refugees Protection Regulations provides the regulatory framework for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP).
Validity of post-graduation work permits
A post-graduation work visa may be awarded for a minimum of 8 months and a maximum of 3 years, depending on the length of the study program.
Officers may evaluate the duration of the program of study in Canada and corroborate it with supporting papers when assessing the length of a post-graduation work permit. Regularly scheduled breaks (for example, regular winter and summer vacations) should be factored into the total time accumulated toward the post-graduation work permit’s duration.
Choosing the duration of your post-graduation work visa
The validity length of the post-graduation work permit cannot exceed the validity period of the applicant’s passport. The officer should note this reason in the Global Case Management System’s “Notes” box if the applicant’s visa expires before the time frame of the post-graduation work permit. To get the full eligibility of their post-graduation work permit, the post-graduation working visa applicant must apply for a work permit extension when renewing their passport.
Only when the term of the permit could not be specified at the time of the request due to the expiry date of the applicant’s passport can post-graduation work permits be prolonged.
If the officer notices that the timeframe of studies was less than the system’s duration, as demonstrated in the memo verifying the finalization of the program of study, and the curriculum was not accomplished in an accelerated form, the post graduation work permit may be released in conformance with the project’s duration. For example, if the applicant took classes for 12 months and did not take them in an expedited format, but their degree states that it is a two-year degree, the post-graduation work permit may be provided for 12 months, in accordance with the length of their studies.
If a students finished their studies in less time than the regular program duration (i.e., they have advanced their studies), the post-graduation work permit should be based on the programme length.
For example, if a student enrols in a one-year program but completes the program’s requirements in less than eight months, the student may be eligible for a one-year post-graduation work visa.
Applicants who have been impacted by a DLI strike
Candidates who are affected by a strike that affects a DLI in Canada are regarded to be studying full-time throughout the strike period. Students’ eligibility under the PGWPP is unaffected by the time they are absent from class due to a school strike. Applicants who have been affected by a school strike must meet all other PGWPP eligibility standards.
In Canada, students must continue to study full-time. However, a student who meets all of the eligibility standards except for full-time status throughout their final academic term is still generally considered acceptable for the PGWPP.
Learning at a distance
Online learning is a type of distance education. Students who complete a degree of study only through distance learning (either outside or inside Canada) are not eligible for the program visa after graduation.
When a candidate has completed online courses in Canada at an approved DLI, officers should utilize the following guidelines to assess their post-graduation work permit eligibility:
If distant learning is used to finish more than half of a program’s total courses, the program may be considered reasonable.
The candidate is unqualified for a post-graduation work visa because the program is considered distant learning. A post-graduation work permit may be given if less than 50% of the total courses in the program of study are completed via remote learning. The validity of the program should be determined by the length of the program, as determined by the eligible DLI, and should include credits acquired in both in-class and distance-learning courses. The period acquired toward the period of the post-graduation work permit must be subtracted if the distance-learning courses were finished beyond the Canada.
Transfers between academic institutions
To be eligible for a post-graduation work visa, a student must have completed at least 8 months of study at two different qualifying Canadian DLIs.
If a student transfers from an ineligible institution to an eligible DLI and then graduates, only the duration at the eligible DLI counts toward obtaining a post-graduation work visa. At least 8 months must be spent at the qualified institution.
Programs that include an international component
As long as a student earns a Canadian educational certification from an approved DLI, they are eligible for the PGWPP if they finish a degree programme in Canada that includes an international component. The duration of the post-graduation work visa, on the other hand, is determined by how long they educated in Canada. Officers can check with the DLI to see if the research were conducted in Canada.
Filling out an application
Following 180 days of receiving formal confirmation from the designated learning institution (DLI), such as an official document or transcripts, stating that they have fulfilled the criteria for finishing their course of study, eligible candidates can apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).
The 180-day count begins on the day the student receives their final grades or receives formal written notification of program completion, whichever occurs first. The applicant is responsible for
proving the date the transcript was received. Officers can also check with the DLI to confirm the date.
Candidates can apply for a PGWP from inside Canada if their student visa is still legitimate, if they have a lawful visitor record since they altered their standing to inbound condition because once their study permit lapsed, if they are waiting for their institution’s notice of graduation, or if they simply want to stay in Canada. They would not be able to work while awaiting a decision on their PGWP application because, according to paragraph R186, they are on implied status, which means they applied to prolong or alter their status to visitor or student before their study permit expired and no choice was taken.