Updated: Jun 2
International students in Canada have a lot to look forward to after graduation, especially with the exciting opportunity to start building a life and career in this beautiful country. Thanks to the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program, students can receive an open work permit that allows them to work for a Canadian employer of their choice for up to three years.
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It's important to note that the length of your permit will depend on the length of your educational program, but the great news is that you can start your PGWP journey the moment you receive your official transcript and letter of program completion. And with a six-month window to submit your application, there's no time to waste!
Whether you're applying from within Canada or abroad, the PGWP application process is straightforward and manageable. The first step is to gather all the necessary documents, including your diploma or degree, an official letter from your school, and an official transcript. After that, the application process will vary based on your location.
For those applying from within Canada, you'll either apply online or through a paper application. If you're applying online, you'll need a valid credit or debit card, a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents, and an account with Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada. On the other hand, if you're applying through a paper application, you'll need to obtain the application package online, complete the application, pay the fees, and submit it to the address identified in the package.
For international students applying from outside Canada, the online application process is similar to the one within Canada, with a few additional third-party fees for medical exams, police certificates, and Visa application center service fees (if applicable).
At each step, you'll be guided by detailed instructions and an online tool that will provide you with a personalized list of required documents. With some preparation and patience, you'll be well on your way to securing your future in Canada with a PGWP.
Don't let this exciting opportunity slip by – start your PGWP journey today and take your first steps towards building a life and career in Canada!