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Canada PGWP Allows Foreign Students to get Work Permit after Graduating

March 2016, 02
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The post graduate work permit (PGWP) program allows the foreign students to get the work permits after their graduation. The graduate could work for any employer in any of the Canadian provinces.  It is an incredible program that improves the competitiveness of the post-secondary institutions of Canada internationally and is it an important step for the foreign graduates who are looking to get the permanent residency of Canada.

So if you are a foreign student in Canada, it is important that you should know how the PGWP program actually works. 

Eligibility Requirement for PGWP

To get the post graduate work permit after completion of graduation, the foreign student should possess a valid study permit while applying for the PGWP. They should have continuously studied full time in Canada. The student should complete and pass the study program with the duration of minimum eight months at public or a private post secondary institution. They should apply for a work permit within three months of getting the written communication from their college.

Validity Period of the Permit

The duration of the PGWP is similar to the length of the study program completed, up to the period of three years. The students should also note that it is the length of the study program that matters, and not the actual time that it would take for a foreign student to finish the program.

Working in Canada

Graduates might submit their applications online or also at the foreign visa offices. Students who had completed their study program and who had applied for their PGWP program are allowed to work in Canada while IRCC processes their applications.    

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