Post-Graduate Work Permit Applications
Work in Canada after you graduate
If you graduated from Confederation College, and want to stay and work in Canada, you may be eligible for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).
The length of a PGWP will depends on the length of your study program. If your program was:
- less than 8 months - you are not eligible for a PGWP
- more than 8 months but less than 2 years - your PGWP may be valid for up to the same length as your study program (for example, if you completed a 9-month program, a work permit may be issued for up to 9 months)
- 2 years or more - a PGWP may be issued for up to three (3) years
If you completed more than one program, you may be able to get a PGWP that combines the length of each program. For this, each of the programs you completed must be:
- PGWP-eligible and
- at least 8 months in length.
Please note: You are only eligible for a PGWP once. You cannot get a PGWP if you already had one.
Guide to applying for your PGWP
Refer to the guides below to complete your PGWP application.
- Applying for a Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) - Overview Handout
- Eligibility Questionnaire - Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)
- Guide to Completing the IMM5710 - PGWP Application
Please note: These are not legal documents. For legal information, refer to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations where applicable. You can also refer to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for updated information at www.cic.gc.ca.
For more details about PGWP and what it means, please read the below text carefully. For any other queries, email email@example.com.
You have 180 days after Confederation College issues your final marks to apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).
To be eligible, your study permit must have been valid at some point during these 180 days.
You must also have:
- successfully graduated from a study program:
- that was at least 8 months long and
- that led to a degree, diploma or certificate
- maintained full-time status continuously as a student in Confederation College during each semester of your study program (except for your final semester, which can be part-time)
You are not eligible for a PGWP if you:
- already received a post-graduation work permit
- only studied English or French as a second language (if no other program)
- took general interest or self-improvement courses
- participated in the Government of Canada Awards Program funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
- completed the majority of a study program by distance learning (online courses, e-learning or correspondence)
How your post-graduation work permit (PGWP) eligibility is affected during COVID-19?
If you’re inside Canada
You are still eligible for the PGWP even if:
- your in-person classes in Canada have been moved to an online-only format and you are taking your classes online because of COVID-19, or
- you had to put your studies on hold, or study part-time, during the winter, spring, or summer 2020 semesters because of COVID-19.
If you’re outside Canada
If you cannot travel to Canada at this time and you are taking your classes online, you are still eligible for a PGWP.
To be eligible, you must
- meet all the other PGWP requirements (please see the requirements in the link below),
- have been enrolled in a program that was in progress in March 2020, or
- have started or will start a program between spring 2020 and fall 2021, and
- you have a study permit, or
- you’ve been approved for a study permit, or
- submit a study permit application prior to beginning their program and eventually be approved.
For PGWP requirements, click here.
For PGWP eligibility during COVID, click here.
If you complete your study program in less time than the normal length of the program, you may be eligible for a PGWP valid for the full length of your program. For example, if you complete a 1 year study program in 8 months, you may be able to get a PGWP valid for 1 year.
If distance learning makes up less than 50% of your study program, you may be eligible for a PGWP. Any distance courses completed outside Canada would not be included in the length of the PGWP. If distance learning makes up more than 50% of your study program, you are not eligible for a PGWP.
PGWP Application Workshops and the Application Process
The IEC regularly offers workshops to students that explain the application process, and answer your questions. Please come by the IEC to find out the dates and times, and to register for a workshop.
The documents you need to apply for a PGWP are:
Complete the application form: Found here
- Passport: You must provide a digital copy of the page that shows your birth date and country of origin, and any pages with stamps, visas or markings. Put all pages into one PDF. Please refer to “How to combine documents”.
Digital photo: Please refer to the digital photo requirement of International Experience Canada. You may show the requirement to your photographer, so he or she can help you make a digital copy.
Final transcript and graduation letter stating that you have completed your program. You can get these letters from the Hub.
Proof of medical exam – E-medical (if applicable): Please refer to Medical exam requirements for temporary residents.
The application fee is $155, and open work permit holder fee is $100.
The information provided may change without notice. Please refer to the IRCC Website for the newest updates. Students are solely responsible for following IRCC rules and regulations.