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Understanding The New Rules For Post Graduate Work Permits 2019

A post-graduate work permit is the same as any other Canadian work permit. But, it is only granted to foreign students who have studied in a Canadian higher institution for at least 8 months. Through this program, international students are offered the chance to acquire some work experience relating to their studies for up to Three (3) years.

The PGWP is usually valid for the period of study. Getting a post-graduate work permit is very helpful because later on in the future, the student may be eligible to apply for Canada through the Canadian Experience Class program.

New Rules for Post Graduate Work Permits 2019

Based on the new rule, the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) now requires an employer to show that there are no Canadians who can occupy the job position and therefore the company is entitled to first hire a foreign worker.

The exemption to the LMIA process was a great advantage for recent graduates and Canadian employers alike. But, the Canadian government has removed this exemption and now post-graduate students and employers are required to pass through the LMIA process, just like any other candidates.

This means that the employer must hire for four weeks and demonstrate that it could not find a qualified worker in Canada before it employs a post-graduate student. This is an unfortunate development and demands that employers kick start the process early if they want to hire post-graduate workers. Both employer and student should be getting their paperwork together as quick as possible.

Before now, Post-graduation work permits are exempt from LMIA. They were considered open and coded as C43.

But, with a post-graduation work permit, as with all other work permits, graduates can work full time, work part-time and be self-employed.

Who Is Eligible For A PGWP In 2019?

To get a post-graduation work permit, the candidate must currently hold valid temporary resident status or have left Canada. They must have graduated from a government approved or designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada. They must also provide clear proof that they fulfill all of the following requirements:

  • They have completed an academic, vocational training program at a designated learning institution that is at least eight (8) months in duration leading to a degree, diploma or certificate in Canada.
  • They must have maintained full-time student status in Canada during their programs of study and must have completed and submitted it as part of their PGWP application process.
  • They must have received a transcript and an official letter from the eligible designated learning institution confirming that they have fulfilled the conditions to complete their program of study.

Within 180 days of the date of applying for the PGWP, the graduate must also meet one of the following conditions:

  • They must hold a valid study permit.
  • They must have held a study permit.

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