Anyone who has successfully completed an eligible degree program at a designated learning institution (DLIs) and desires to work in Canada on a provisional basis may qualify for the post-graduate work permit (PGWP). However, you should keep in mind that not all programs offered by the DLIs can make your eligible for the post-graduate work permit. To know the programs supported for the PGWP, you should contact the ministry of education in your area.
In order to apply for a post-graduate work permit, you must be aged 18 years or more and have undergone full-time education in Canada under an eligible study program for at least 8 months. You would be asked to produce a document (transcript, certificate etc.) from your educational institution as evidence that you have completed all the requirements of your program.
To qualify for the PGWP, you must have graduated from:
- a public college, CEGEP, university, or vocational institute in Quebec or
- a private college that runs under the public schools’ rules or
- a private college or university in Quebec that has qualifying programs of no shorter than 900 hours and leads to a DEP or an ASP or
- a private Canadian school that is legally allowed to confer degrees upon its graduates under the law of the specific province where it operates (only when the student is enrolled in a program that qualifies him or her for a degree under the province’s rules and laws).
The applicant must apply for the post-graduate work permit within 90 days after the confirmation that he or she has successfully completed the degree program. Furthermore, the applicant must be holding a study permit at the time of applying for the post-graduate work permit.
You will not qualify for the work permit if your program duration was less than 8 months, or if you were not enrolled in a full-time program.
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