Post-Graduate Work Permit | Staying in Status & What to do if your Status Expires
The Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) program is available to international students who have completed their studies in Canada and wish to extend their stay. You may be eligible for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) if you graduated from a designated learning institution (DLI) and want to stay in Canada temporarily to work.
Graduation from a DLI doesn’t automatically make you eligible for a PGWP. You must check the DLI list to find out which schools have eligible programs.
If you meet the eligibility requirements for a Post-Graduate Work Permit, you have 180 days after receiving your final marks to submit an application.
What to do while waiting for your marks
It’s important that you do not let your status expire while you wait for your marks. If your study permit will expire before you get your marks, you have two options. You can either:
apply for a visitor record to stay in Canada longer, or
leave Canada and apply for your PGWP
If you stay in Canada and let your permit expire, you must apply to restore your status as a student to apply for your PGWP.
What to do If your passport expires before you received a PGWP
You should make sure your passport is valid for the entire length of time you should be eligible for. If your passport expires earlier, Immigration Canada will:
only issue you a PGWP that’s valid until your passport expires
tell you if you need to extend it to get the full validity
You can only extend a PGWP if Immigration Canada tells you to. If this happens, you have to apply on paper to extend your PGWP so that it will be valid for the full length it should be.
Working while you wait to receive your PGWP
Under certain conditions, you can work while you wait for a decision to be made on your post-graduation work permit application. If, at the time you submitted your application, you:
Had a valid study permit;
Had completed your program of study;
Were eligible to work off-campus without a permit, and
Did not work off-campus for more than 20 hours a week during academic session
If you meet the conditions listed, you can work full-time while you wait to receive a decision on your PGWP application.
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