Post-Graduate Work Permit

Post-Graduate Work Permit

International students who complete a post-secondary education in Canada are eligible to apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit.  This permit is an Open Work Permit allowing them to work in ANY job, without restrictions. An LMIA or a confirmation of job offer are not needed to apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit.


Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit, international students must:

  • have studied full-time for the eight months preceding the completion of their program (please see note below) and must have graduated from one of the following:
    • a public post-secondary educational institution (university, college, or CEGEP)
    • a private post-secondary educational institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as public institutions, and receives at least 50 per cent of its financing for operations from government grants
    • a Canadian private educational institution authorized by provincial or territorial statute to confer degrees

  • have completed and passed the program of study and received written notification that they are eligible to obtain their degree, diploma, or certificate

  • apply for a work permit while holding a valid study permit, or held a valid study permit previously within 180 days of applying for the PGWP. *You must have valid status, otherwise must restore your status and apply for PGWP.

Important to note:  If your post graduate work permit was refused, you will need to restore your status within 90 days of receiving the refusal. You must also stop working. If you are outside of the 90-day restoration period, our firm may still be able to help you in certain circumstance using case law from Federal Court.  Contact our office to discuss further and learn how we can help in this situation.

​At Vosooghi Law, we can provide you with best legal advice, strategy, and representation with respect to your post-graduate work permit application. We can advise you on how to apply and maximize your chances of success.