Applying for PGWP (Post Graduate Work Permit) in Canada
|In order to apply you must meet the following requirements:
IMPORTANT! The date of completion of your academic program is NOT the same as the date of convocation (your graduation ceremony). Do NOT wait until convocation to apply, as convocation may occur more than 90 days after you have completed the requirements for your program.
PLEASE NOTE: You can only apply for a PGWP once in your lifetime.
Proof of Completion of Program Requirements
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)
Please note that you can only request this exceptional letter once:
You can apply for a post graduation work permit, Online OR At a Port of Entry (Terrestrial/Land Border* or Airport)
*Canada/US terrestrial border (Lacolle/Champlain, St. Armand/Phillipsburg, or Stanstead)
Applying At a Port of Entry:
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:
1. Valid Passport (The PGWP can not be granted past the validity of your passport. If your PGWP was granted for a shorted period of time than you were eligible for – because your passport was expiring – you will need to apply for a new work permit and pay the fees again, once you have obtained your new passport. You should include a letter of explanation stating that your PGWP expire prematurely because of the expiry date of your previous passport)
2. Valid Study Permit
Optional documents: Immigration officers occasionally ask students whether they have enough money to pay for their living costs while looking for work. It is recommended to have a copy of your latest bank statement or any other document proving that you have sufficient funds to pay your rent while looking for work (there is no specific amount required by Immigration Canada).
**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.
Once you have applied online and are waiting to receive your PGWP, you can begin to work full-time provided that:
a) you hold or held a valid study permit at the time you applied for your PGWP, and
Please note: We recommend that you remain in Canada while you wait for your Post Graduation Work Permit.
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.