International students who graduate from a designated learning institution in Canada often have the right to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). This is an open work permit that allows the students to work anywhere in Canada and is issued for the same duration as their studies for a maximum of 3 years. This post provides information on the new rules for obtaining a Post-Graduation Work Permit in 2019.


  • Who is eligible:
    • A student who graduated from a program of study of minimum 8 months from this list. This list indicates if the program of study is eligible for the PGWP.
    • The student has kept a full-time student status. Exceptions can be made for leave from studies of final academic sessions that are sometimes part time.
    • The student applies within 180 days of graduation.
    • The student NO LONGER needs to hold a current, valid student permit at the time of applying.
    • The student must NOT have received a PGWP in the past.
    • The program of study must NOT have been more than 50% online.

For a detailed list of requirements, click here.


With the help of a PGWP, many international students get their first job in Canada and proceed to apply for permanent residency.