Post Graduate Work Permit 

Post-secondary study programs can also be a pathway to Permanent Residence. This is where the Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) plays a key role.

For eligible schools, students can automatically obtain open work permits upon completion of their program of study. The PGWP is valid for 1, 2 or 3 years, depending on the length of your study program. For 1 year programs, the PGWP is 1 year. For 2 year programs, the PGWP is 3 years.

With an open work permit, immigration hopefuls can acquire the 12 months of skilled work experience needed to apply for most economic immigration streams. Also, having study and work experience in Canada improves the Express Entry CRS score. Not to mention, you are way more likely to get a continuing job offer once you start working.

Step 1

Acceptance to a PGWP
Eligible Program

Step 2

Graduate from a
Program of Study

Step 3

Apply for a Post Graduate
Work Permit

Step 4

Gain 12 Months Skilled
Work Experience

Step 5

Choose an
Immigration Stream

Step 6

Apply for
Permanent Residence (PR)

Eligible Schools and Programs for the PGWP

Public Institutions

  • British Columbia Institute of Technology
  • Camosun College
  • Capilano University
  • College of New Caledonia
  • College of the Rockies
  • Douglas College
  • Emily Carr University of Art and Design
  • Justice Institute of British Columbia
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University
  • Langara College
  • Nicola Valley Institute of Technology
  • North Island College
  • Northern Lights College
  • Northwest Community College
  • Okanagan College
  • Royal Roads University
  • Selkirk College
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Thompson Rivers University
  • University of British Columbia
  • University of Northern British Columbia
  • University of the Fraser Valley
  • University of Victoria
  • Vancouver Community College
  • Vancouver Island University

Private Institutions

  • Acsenda School of Management
  • Bachelor of Business Administration with Concentrations
  • Bachelor of Hospitality Management
  • Adler University
  • Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology
  • Master of Arts in Organizational Psychology
  • Master of Counselling Psychology
  • Master of Counselling Psychology: Art Therapy
  • Master of Public Policy and Administration
  • Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology
  • Alexander College
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • City University of Seattle
  • Bachelor of Arts in Management
  • Master of Counselling
  • Master of Education in Leadership and School Counselling
  • Columbia College
  • Associate of Arts
  • Associate of Science
  • Coquitlam College
  • Associate of Arts
  • Corpus Christi College
  • Associate of Arts
  • Fairleigh Dickinson University
  • Bachelor of Science in Business Administration
  • Bachelor of Science in Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Arts in Individualized Studies
  • Master of Administrative Science
  • Master of Science in Hospitality Management Studies
  • Fraser International College
  • Associate of Arts
  • LaSalle College Vancouver (formerly the Art Institute of Vancouver)
  • Bachelor of Design in Graphic Design
  • Bachelor of Applied Design in Interior Design
  • Bachelor of Science in Game Programming
  • New York Institute of Technology
  • Master of Business Administration (General, Finance, & Tourism)
  • Master of Science in Information, Network and Computer Security
  • Master of Science in Instructional Technology
  • Master of Science in Energy Management
  • Quest University Canada
  • Bachelor of Arts and Sciences
  • Trinity Western University1
  • Non-theological degree programs ONLY
  • University Canada West
  • Bachelor of Arts in Business Communication
  • Bachelor of Commerce
  • Master of Business Administration

Need Assitance?

Speak with Canadian Immigration Specialist Chris Brown from Tudor House Immigration Services.

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