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How Long Does it Take to Process a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)

How Long Does it Take to Process a Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)

The Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) allows fresh graduates to acquire useful Canadian work experience, which can be used to gain points for their future immigration. You may be qualified to apply for Permanent Residency if you are a skilled worker (NOC A, O, or B) with PGWP experience.

Graduates from qualified Canadian universities can apply for a Post Graduate Work Visa, which is also known as an open work permit (PGWP). To learn more about the PGWP, its requirements, and benefits, continue reading

Eligibility for Post-Graduate Work Permit

International students may receive a PGWP for up to three years after graduation. The student must have studied full-time in Canada for at least eight months and finished a program of study to be eligible. Although not all DLIs qualify a student for a Post Graduate Work Permit, still the student must have graduated from one of Canada’s designated learning institutions (DLIs).

Within 180 days of obtaining formal proof from the university (for example, a transcript or an official letter) that they have satisfied the requirements for finishing the academic program graduates can apply. When applying for the Post Graduate Work Permit, the graduate must have a valid study permit. In addition, the student must have finished and passed the program of study and been notified that he or she is qualified to acquire a degree, diploma, or certificate.

Students who have previously been issued a Post Graduate Work Permit, have completed the majority of their program of study through distance learning, have participated in certain scholarship programs, and/or have completed a program of study delivered by a non-Canadian institution located in Canada, regardless of where they studied are ineligible to apply.

Schools That Qualify One to Obtain a PGWP

The following institutions qualify one to apply for and obtain a PGWP. They are called Canadian designated learning institutions, They include:

  • A Canadian, private institution authorized by provincial statute to give out degrees, such as an associate, master’s, bachelor’s, or doctorate, but only if the student is enrolled in a degree-granting program authorized by the province, which may not include all programs of study offered by the private institution.
  • A public post-secondary institution, such as a trade or technical school, a college, a CEGEP (in Quebec), or a university.
  • A private secondary or post-secondary school in Quebec that provides qualifying programs that lead to a diploma of vocational studies (DVS) or an attestation of vocational specialty (AVS).

Validity of Post-Graduate Work Permit 

The PGWP validity term is never longer than the applicant’s passport validity date.
A Post Graduate Work Permit is generally provided based on the duration of the study program, which can range from 8 months to 3 years.

They can apply for a work permit extension when their passport is renewed if the applicant’s passport expires before the validity period of the Post Graduate Work Permit.
It is only in such situations that the Canadian government accepts to extend of a Post Graduate Work Permit. Applicants are only eligible for one Post-Graduate Work Permit in their lifetime.

Steps on How to Get the Post Graduate Work Permit

  1. The most important step is filling the application form
  2. The second is to pay the application fee of about $255.
  3. The third step is to get all the required documents ready. This document is to serve as proof that the applicant has completed their studies. This document includes:
  • Official letter from the educational body
  • A degree or diploma
  • Official documents or transcript taken from the website of the educational body.

The last point is to submit an application and wait for it to be processed.

Successful applicants Within Canada will be awarded a Post-Graduate Work Permit. Successful candidates outside of Canada will be awarded their PGWP as well as a new visitor visa allowing them to enter the country.

What to Do if Your Post Graduate Work Permit Expires

Send in your PGWP application and pay both costs for open work permit fee and standard work permit fee within 90 days of losing your status after your PGWP. The charge for restoring your student status is $350. Due to system constraints, candidates must pay the costs to reinstate their student status online and submit a copy of the receipt to their PGWP online application. You do not need to submit a second application to regain your student status.

Continue to satisfy the requirements for continuous enjoyment of your stay and complete all of the remaining conditions mentioned on your work permit.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I Work Till my PGWP Decision is Made?

Applicants may work full-time in Canada while awaiting a decision on their PGWP application if they apply before the study permit expires. Also, they should have finished their program of study, satisfied the standards for working off campus, and not worked more than the stipulated number of hours allowed for students.

Can I Get Help Applying to Study in Canada or for a PGWP?

If you want to study in Canada, Mercan Group can assist you. Mercan has the knowledge and experience to help you navigate the study permit application procedure. Also, if you are already a student in Canada and wish to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit or stay in Canada as a permanent resident after graduating, the Mercan group can also help with that.

What Happens Once Your Postgraduate Work Permit Expires?

You may be able to apply for a bridging open work permit if you were qualified to apply for permanent residency before your PGWP expired. This permission will allow you to work while your permanent residency application is being processed.


Graduates from qualified Canadian universities can apply for a Post Graduate Work Visa, which is also known as open work permit (PGWP). There are detailed steps provided by this article on how to apply for a post graduate work permit and how to renew it after it expires.

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