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Post-Graduation Work Permit: Applicants Allowed To Work After Returning To Canada

International student graduates who are waiting for approval or decision to be made, need not remain in Canada while their Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) is in process.

As of Feb, 21, graduates who are qualified to work full time without a work permit will be allowed to maintain their ability to work legally in Canada even if they leave and return to the country.

International graduates must apply for their PGWP before their study permit expires in order to be able to work full time.

It could take upwards of Ninety (90) days for a PGWP decision to go through.

In order to work in Canada without a work permit, PGWP candidates must meet the following requirements:

  • They must hold a valid study permit at the time of the PGWP application.
  • They must have completed their study program and obtained a diploma, certificate or degree.
  • They were full-time students enrolled at an approved government higher institution, professional or vocation training program of at least six (6) months in duration.
  • They did not work more than twenty (20) hours per week during their study program.

If the Canadian government refuses the application for a work permit, the graduates must then stop working as soon as he or she is notified by the immigration ministry.

PGWP And Canadian Immigration

After concluding a study program, certain international students may be qualified to stay and work in Canada with a Post-Graduation Work Permit.

If their application for a work permit is approved, international graduates can work in Canada for a period of eight (8) months to three (3) years.

If the ultimate aim is to settle in Canada, work experience gained via a PGWP can greatly facilitate a graduate’s chances of getting Canadian permanent residence through the Express Entry system.

Express Entry is an application management system for Canada’s three major economic class immigration streams: the Federal Skilled Trades Program, Federal Skilled Worker Program, and Canadian Experience Class.

Immigration candidates who are qualified for an Express Entry-managed program are ranked accordingly to factors considered to determine their success in the Canadian labour force.

A candidate’s age, official language proficiency, educational qualifications, and work experience are factors that determine their Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score.

Those with high CRS scores are more likely to be nominated for an Invitation to Apply (ITA) for Canadian permanent residence via regular Express Entry draws.

Canadian work experience is highly important and valuable towards a candidate’s overall CRS score, which eventually guarantees a candidate’s chances of obtaining Canadian permanent residence.