PGWP (Post-Graduation Work Permit)

Important reminder

  • If you are unable to obtain the completion letter or official final transcript due to situations you cannot control, as a temporary facilitation measure by IRCC, you may submit a PGWP application without one of the two required documents: the completion letter or final transcript. Please note, you should submit IRCC at least one document (the completion letter or final transcript) AND a letter of explanation, indicating that why you are unable to submit the document or why it's taking longer to get it. Once these documents become available, you must submit the documents using the IRCC web form. You may submit the unofficial final transcript from the student portal, instead of the official final transcript. If you received a job offer or your study permit expires within a month, you may request a rushed completion letter at
  • Graduates who applied for a PGWP in Canada before the expiry of study permit are eligible to work full-time without a work permit while waiting for a decision on your application
  • Include Confirmation of Completion letter AND final transcript when you apply
  • Apply within the 180 days of receiving Confirmation of Completion letter. Calculation begins the day the final marks are issued or the day Confirmation of Completion is received, whichever comes first
  • If your study permit is no longer valid, and you wish to remain in Canada, you must apply for visitor status before study permit expires. If you change their status to visitor status before your study permit expires, while waiting for the notice of graduation, you may also apply for a post-graduation work permit from within Canada
  • If you do not apply for a post-graduation work permit, and your study permit becomes invalid or expires, you must either leave Canada or submit an application to change their status in Canada within 90 days from the date your study permit expires
  • You may apply for a post-graduation work permit from overseas


You may be eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit if you:

  • have continuously studied full-time in Canada in a study program at least eight months long
  • have a document from your school (transcript, official letter, certificate, etc.) that confirms you completed and passed all your program requirements
  • have graduated from a public post-secondary school such as a college, trade/technical school or university or a Canadian private school that can legally award degrees under provincial law (for example, Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate degree) but only if you are enrolled in a study programs leading to a degree as authorized by the province

Visit this link to find out if you are eligible to apply:

Documents required (If you apply in Canada)

  • Application to Change condition, Extend my Stay or Remain in Canada as a Worker [IMM 5710]
  • Document Checklist [IMM 5583]
  • Photocopy of passport pages
  • Photocopy of current and valid study permit
  • A final transcript AND Confirmation of Completion letter:You may use an unofficial final transcript printed from the portal, but a final transcript must indicate all final marks and work practicum has been completed if your program has mandatory practicum. Confirmation of Completion may be requested at or General Office on your campus, but Confirmation of Completion cannot be issued until final marks are updated on the portal.
  • Proof of fee payment $255 ($100 open work permit holder fee plus $155 work permit processing fee)

How to apply (If you apply in Canada)

You can apply online or on paper.

Applying online:

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For more information, visit this link:

Applying on paper:

Follow these steps:

Processing time

Note: Processing time can change according to IRCC’s schedule. Due to the impacts of COVID-19, IRCC cannot process applications normally and provide accurate processing times. This processing time doesn’t include the time it takes to send an application between a VAC and IRCC office and the time you need to give your biometrics.

Visit this link for weekly updated application processing time.

Duration of work permit

A post-graduation work permit may be valid anywhere between eight months and up to three years, depending on the length of the program of study completed in Canada. The permit cannot be valid for longer than the length of the program of study completed in Canada. For example:

  • If you graduate from an eight-month certificate program, you could be eligible for an eight-month work permit.
  • If you graduate from a two-year diploma program, you could be eligible for a three-year work permit, if you meet program requirements.

Disclaimer: The content on this website is only a guide for MITT students, not official legal advice, and information on this website may change without notice. Students are entirely responsible for ensuring that they are in compliance with all IRCC regulations at all times during their studies and while they are in Canada, including requirements for permit and visa. We recommend students to refer to IRCC website at or contact IRCC Client Support Centre at 1-888-242-2100 to obtain the most-up-to-date information.

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