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“Unlocking Opportunities: Navigating Canada’s Post-Graduation Work Permit – A Comprehensive Guide to Eligibility and Beyond”

  1. Eligibility Criteria:
    • Completion of a full-time program: To be eligible for a PGWP, international students must have completed a program of study at a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada.
    • Program duration: The program should be at least 8 months in duration for the student to qualify for a PGWP.
  2. Application Timing:
    • Application within 180 days: Students are advised to apply for the PGWP within 180 days (6 months) of receiving written confirmation (e.g., transcript, official letter) from the educational institution that they have met the requirements of their program.
  3. Ineligible Programs:
    • Some programs may not make students eligible for a PGWP. These include short-term programs, language training, or distance learning programs.
  4. Designated Learning Institutions (DLIs):
    • The institution where the student studied must be on the list of DLIs eligible to host international students.
  5. Language Proficiency:
    • Depending on the program of study, students might need to demonstrate their language proficiency in English or French through standardized tests like IELTS or CELPIP for English, or TEF for French.
  6. Valid Study Permit:
    • Students must have a valid study permit at the time of applying for the PGWP.
  7. Length of the Work Permit:
    • The length of the PGWP is usually determined by the length of the program completed. It can be issued for a maximum of three years.
  8. Work Experience:
    • PGWP allows students to work in Canada after graduation. The work experience gained through the PGWP can contribute to eligibility for permanent residence through programs like the Canadian Experience Class (CEC).
  9. Application Process:
    • Students can apply for the PGWP online. The application process may involve submitting various documents, such as a copy of the study permit, an official letter from the institution confirming program completion, and any other required documents.
  10. Changes in Regulations:
    • It’s important to note that immigration regulations can change, so it’s recommended to check the latest information on the official website of the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

DISCLAIMER: This article is written for informational purposes only and does not constitute any legal advice. The views expressed are solely authors and should not be attributed to any other party, including PPD LAW OFFICE. If you need legal advice, please call our office at 204-540-0414

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