Post Graduate Open Work Permit

The Post Graduate open work permit that allows international graduates of eligible Canadian post-secondary institutions to stay and work in Canada for a period of up to maximum three years after their studies are completed.

The duration of validity of PGOWP depends on the length of the completed academic program.

The Post-Graduation Work Permit holder can work in any occupation anywhere in Canada, and change employers at any time based on the opportunity they have.

In order to be eligible, the candidate must have completed a study program of at least eight months long and meet other specified related criteria.

Understand how long is a post-graduation work permit valid?

The Validity of PGWP will depend on the length of your study program.

If your program was less than 8 months you aren’t eligible for a PGWP.

If your program was more than 8 months but less than 2 years, we may give you a PGWP that’s valid for up to the same length as your study program.

For example, if you completed a 9-month program, we may give you a work permit for up to 9 months.

If your program was 2 years or more, we may give you a PGWP that’s valid for 3 years.

If you completed more than 1 program you may be able to get a PGWP that combines the length of each program.

Each of the programs you completed must be PGWP-eligible and at least 8 months in length

You can’t get a PGWP if you already had one after completing an earlier program of study.

Source: CIC.GC.Ca

PGOWP- Boost in CRS under Express Entry

The Canadian work experience obtained through the PGWPP can also help improve the likelihood of obtaining Canadian permanent residence through the federal Express Entry system, which expedites applications for Canadian permanent residence for eligible skilled foreign workers. The score rockets up due to canadian education and work experience.

In addition, both the federal government and provinces have additional options for international students to transition to permanent residents through the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program and the numerous Provincial Nominee Program streams for international students. These are playing an important role in making Canada as one of the best option for permanent residency for International Students in Canada.

If you have any queries in regards to the Post-Graduation Work Permit and to learn how you can stay and work in Canada once your studies are complete, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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