Working in Canada after graduating.
What is a PGWP?
A PGWP is an open work permit, which allows you to work in Canada after completing a valid program at one of the designated learning institutions (DLI), and meeting the eligibility criteria according to the CIC.
Can you work in a province other than where the studies were done?
Yes. The PGWP is an open work permit, which means you can work in another province after graduating and it is valid throughout Canada.
When is it possible to apply?
Up to 180 days after completion of the studies.
How many times is it possible to apply for a PGWP?
Only once in a lifetime.
What is the duration of a PGWP?
It depends on the duration of the curriculum:
- Programs from 8 months to 2 years: A PGWP of the same duration of the curriculum can be obtained.
- Programs of 2 years or more: You can get a PGWP for up to 3 years.
- More than 1 program: You can get a PGWP that combines the duration as long as both programs are eligible and last more than 8 months.
What if my passport expires before the estimated duration of the PGWP?
You can get a PGWP that lasts to the fullness of your passport, and if a longer PGWP corresponds, it will be allowed to apply with a new passport for the remaining duration according to the CIC.
The PGWP and the Express Entry
Having Canadian work experience can help to increase the score on the Express Entry system. Job positions with a NOC 0, A, or B are considered for the skilled workers stream in the Express Entry. In that case, you will add points for both, the studies and the Canadian work experience. Similarly, working in Canada may also help to receive an invitation from a Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).