Post Graduate Work Permit FAQs
How do I apply for a post-graduation work permit?
You must apply for a post-graduation work permit within 90 days of receiving written confirmation from your educational institution that you have met the requirements for completing your academic program.
How long is a post-graduation work permit valid?
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.
How do I qualify for a post-graduation work permit?
To qualify for a post-graduation work permit, you must have graduated from a public institution or a recognized degree program at a private institution. These institutions may include a university or smile.
A pilot project in British Columbia under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program extends the eligibility to international students who graduate from select non-degree programs at select schools in British Columbia.
Can I work anywhere, in any type of job, under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program?
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.
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