Work in Canada after your studies
Find out how international students can stay and build their careers in Canada. As an international student who graduated from a Canadian college or university, there are different options for you to live and work here.
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Post-graduation work permit
Graduates from certain post-secondary schools can get work experience in Canada with the post-graduation work permit (PGWP). The PGWP is temporary. The work experience you get through the program may help support your application to become a permanent resident of Canada.
Graduates of master’s degree programs will soon be eligible to apply for a 3-year work permit.
Learn more about the PGWP from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC):
- Work in Canada after you graduate: About the post-graduation work permit
- Work in Canada after you graduate: Who can apply
- Work in Canada after you graduate: How to apply
- Work in Canada after you graduate: After you apply
Transition period for distance learning measures for the PGWP
If your courses were moved online due to the pandemic, the time you spend studying online from within Canada until August 31, 2023, still counts toward the length of your PGWP. However, it’s highly recommended that you attend in-class options when offered. For more information, read more about distance learning measures from IRCC.
Extension of post-graduation work permits for up to 18 months
Starting April 6, 2023, international graduates with a recently expired or expiring PGWP will qualify for an additional or extended work permit to stay longer and gain additional work experience for up to 18 months.
For more information, read the news release from IRCC.
Graduates with work experience may be able to settle in Canada permanently by applying for Express Entry. You may be eligible based on your education, skills, work experience and language abilities. Learn more about Express Entry from IRCC:
Provincial Nominee Program
Graduates may be able to settle in Canada permanently by applying for the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). Each province and territory has its own programs and requirements. If you want to live in a particular province or territory, you may be eligible for their programs based on your education, skills and work experience. Learn more about the PNP from IRCC:
Find out if you’re eligible for another type of permit
Most people need a work permit to work in Canada. For more information, find out if you need a work permit from IRCC.
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