Post Graduate Work permit – Eligibility criteria for Outside Canada graduates

The instructions regarding the online studies from outside Canada are recently updated again.  The time you spent outside of Canada can count for the PG work permit as long as students were enrolled in a program between spring 2020 intake till summer 2022.

The student can apply for a PGWP from outside Canada as long as you meet the following conditions.

  • were enrolled in a program that was in progress in March 2020 or
  • started or will start a program between spring 2020 and summer 2022 and
    • you have a study permit or
    • you’ve been approved for a study permit or
    • you applied for a study permit before starting your study program and your study permit must eventually be approved.

You don’t have to have held a valid study permit at any point during your online studies from outside Canada.

You don’t have to have held a valid study permit at any point during your online studies from outside Canada.

Other regular conditions include:

  • completed a study program
  • maintained full-time status as a student during each semester of your study program
    • This doesn’t include your final semester, which can be part-time, or if you took an approved leave from your studies.
    • If you had to stop studying or change to part-time studies between March 2020 and the fall semester in 2020 because of reasons related to COVID-19, you may still be eligible for a PGWP.
  • graduated from one of the following:
    • a public post-secondary institution, such as a college, trade/technical institution, university or CEGEP (in Quebec)
    • a private post-secondary institution in Quebec that operates under the same rules as public institutions in Quebec
    • a private or public secondary or post-secondary institution (in Quebec) that offers qualifying programs of 900 hours or longer, that leads to a diploma of vocational studies (DVS), or an attestation of vocational specialization (AVS);
      • An AVS can be less than 900 hours if combined with a DVS.

a Canadian private institution that is authorized to award degrees under provincial law (for example, an Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD degree), but only if you’re enrolled in a study program that leads to a degree as authorized by the province, which may not include all programs of study offered by the private institution.

Only the time you spent studying outside Canada after we received your study permit application counts towards the length of your PGWP.

Exceptions to the eligibility requirements

You aren’t eligible for a PGWP if you

    • only received first stage approval, but don’t have a final approval and did not receive the port of entry letter that shows you’ve been approved for a study permit.
  • already received a PGWP
  • studied English or French as a second language
  • took general interest or self-improvement courses
  • participated in the Government of Canada Awards Program funded by Global Affairs Canada
  • had funding from Global Affairs Canada
    • Note: If you got a Study in Canada scholarship, you’re still eligible for a PGWP.
  • got the Equal Opportunity Scholarship, Canada-Chile
  • participated in the Canada-China Scholars’ Exchanges Program
  • participated in the Organization of American States Fellowships Program
  • completed the major part of a study program through distance learning (online courses, e-learning or correspondence)
  • completed a study program at a non-Canadian institution located in Canada

You have up to 180 days to apply for a PGWP after you get your

  • degree or diploma
  • transcript or
  • official letter from your school

For booking consultation, 

Ph: (604) 440-7725


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