Post study work visa Canada requirements
  • You have 180 days after your school 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 completed a study program
  1. at a designated learning institution
  2. that was at least 8 months long and
  3. that led to a degree, diploma or certificate
  • maintained full-time status as a student in Canada 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
  • Graduated from 1 of the following:
  • a public post-secondary school, such as a college, trade/technical school, universities in Canada, or CEGEP (in Quebec)
  • a private post-secondary school (in Quebec) that operates under the same rules as public schools in Quebec
  • a private secondary or post-secondary school (in Quebec) that offers qualifying programs of 900 hours or longer, that leads to a diplôme d’études professionnelles (DEP or an attestation de spécialisation professionnelle (ASP)
  • a Canadian private school that can award degrees under provincial law (for example, Associate, Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctorate degree)but only if you’re enrolled in a study program that leads to a degree as authorized by the province
  • International students can only receive one Post-Graduation Work Permit from IRCC, so its important to take advantage of that opportunity.