If you are going to apply for a PGWP, you should read this article to understand more about the program and how you can apply for this.
In order to apply you must meet the following requirements:
PLEASE NOTE: You can only apply for a PGWP once in your lifetime.
If you plan to complete more than 1 degree/diploma/certificate in Canada, consider carefully when it would be most strategic to take advantage of this one-time opportunity.
IMPORTANT: If you were part-time in your final term of studies only, you must upload a proof of graduation letter (see below) and an official transcript indicating full-time enrolment in all terms prior to your final term. If you have a gap in your studies, or if you were part-time in a semester other than your final term, we recommend that you speak to an Immigration Advisor before applying for your PGWP.
Your degree is officially granted once McGill Senate has met. After Senate has met to confirm your graduation, you can generate a letter directly from Minerva that confirms that you have met all the requirements to graduate (Minerva: Student Menu > Student Records > Letters-Proof of Enrolment)
You can apply for a post graduation work permit, Online OR At a Port of Entry (Terrestrial/Land Border* or Airport)
To be eligible to apply at the border, you must be TRV-exempt* even if you were required to have a TRV/Entry Visa to enter Canada, you are TRV-exempt if you are traveling only to the US and back with a valid Study Permit or Work Permit – see IRPA Section 190 (3) (f)).
Please note, however, that not all agents are familiar with this exception and may require you to apply online once you’re in Canada. This is why we recommend that foreign nationals who require a TRV because of their nationality apply only at the US/Canada Land Border – Lacolle/Champlain . All other nationalities that do not require a TRV can apply at any Port of Entry.
Please bring the following documents:
IMPORTANT: Immigration Canada plans to expand their biometrics program. You may be required to provide biometrics when applying for your post-graduate work permit at the port of entry, for more information please talk to our immigration consultant.
Determine your eligibility to apply online for the PGWP here.
Once approved for online application apply through your MyCIC account
Assemble your documents according to your personalised MyCIC document checklist, and follow the subsequent steps.
As of February 5, 2016, students may now apply online either from within Canada, or from outside Canada. Please bear in mind that processing times (work permit – new employer) will vary by country
Once you have applied online and are waiting to receive your PGWP, you can begin to work full-time provided that:
Please note: We recommend that you remain in Canada while you wait for your Post Graduation Work Permit.
If your current TRV (Entry Visa) says “Student” and is still valid, you will not need a new TRV if you are changing your status to “Worker”. Your TRV is valid regardless of whether it was issued to you as a student or worker. You can enter Canada with a TRV – “student” with a work permit.
If you apply for your PGWP from outside of Canada, and your TRV or eTA expires you will be automatically issued a new TRV or eTA. You do not need to complete a separate application or pay additional fees. It will be issued by the officer at the same time as the documents you need for your entry to Canada as a worker (see Immigration Canada website).
If you apply for your PGWP from inside of Canada, you will NOT be issued a TRV or an eTA automatically. You must apply separately for your TRV or eTA if they are expired.
If you have applied for your post-graduation work permit (and your study permit has expired) and you plan on traveling outside Canada while your application is in process, you can leave Canada and return.
However, in order to return and enter Canada, you must be:
Once you arrive at the Canadian border, 1 of 3 following scenarios may happen:
Note: It is possible that you will not be able to enter Canada. The final decision is made at the border by the border services officer.