Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have reduced the processing times for Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) by almost 1/3rd. The figures released by the IRCC show that the PGWP applicants in the last 1 year had to wait for only 6 weeks to get their temporary work permit. The average processing time for a PGWP in the preceding year was at least 17 weeks.
What Is a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)?
International students who have recently graduated from a designated learning institution (DLI) are eligible for a PGWP. A PGWP is an open work permit that allows recent international graduates to obtain Canadian work experience and become eligible for Canadian permanent residence.
International students must apply for a PGWP within 90 days of graduation. A PGWP is only issued for 3 years.
What Are the Eligibility Requirements for a PGWP?
You will be required to meet the following requirements to be eligible for a PGWP:
- Complete a study program that lasted at least 8 months as a full-time student in Canada
- Graduate from a public or private post-secondary institution or a private institution authorized to confer degrees to international students by the provincial or territorial government
- Apply for a work permit within 90 days of graduation
- Be eligible to obtain a degree, diploma, or certificate for the completion of your study program
- Have a valid Study Permit