Post Graduate Work Permit Facts
A post-graduation work permit may be valid anywhere between eight months and up to three years, depending on the length of the program of study completed in Canada. The permit cannot be valid for longer than the length of the program of study completed in Canada. For example:
- If you graduate from an eight-month certificate program, you could be eligible for an eight-month work permit.
- If you graduate from a four-year degree program, you could be eligible for a three-year work permit, if you meet program requirements.
The post-graduation work permit is an open work permit. This means that you can work in any occupation anywhere in Canada, and change employers anytime you wish. This is a rare benefit that few temporary foreign workers can enjoy.
To apply for a post-graduation work permit, you must have completed and passed your program of study and received notification that you are eligible to get your degree, diploma or certificate. You do not have to wait until you physically receive your diploma or attend your graduation ceremony before you apply.
You must apply within 90 days of receiving written confirmation.
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