A post-graduation work permit (PGWP) is a document that gives you permission to remain in Canada as a worker and work full time for up to three years after you graduate from a Canadian post-secondary institution.
To be eligible for a PGWP, you must have a valid study permit, have continuously studied full time in Canada and must have completed a program of study that lasted at least eight months. See full eligibility details.
PGWPs are issued only once, therefore, if you have plans to pursue further studies, you may wish to consult an International Student Advisor to discuss when to apply.
A PGWP is an excellent way to practically apply what you have learned at UBC, advance your professional goals and gain Canadian work experience, which you might need to qualify for permanent residence.
You must apply for your PGWP within 180 days after a letter from UBC becomes available that states you have successfully completed all requirements for your program of study (“letter of completion”). In most cases, letters of completion can be downloaded from the Student Service Centre (SSC) a few weeks after final grades are submitted. If you have questions about how and when letters of completion become available for your program, please ask your academic advisor or program staff. You must also include your unofficial transcript from the SSC or a copy of your official transcript.
Follow this step-by-step guide on how to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.
You may work full time (on or off campus) while waiting for your work permit application to be processed if you:
- applied for a work permit within 180 days after a letter of completion became available from UBC, and
- you had a valid study permit at the time you applied for the work permit, and
- you were eligible to work off campus in your final term
If you are completing your program at UBC, intend to pursue further studies and do not intend to apply for a post-graduation work permit, be sure to visit the off-campus work page for additional requirements on how to maintain your eligibility to work in Canada.
We recommend that students wishing to travel outside Canada after applying for their PGWP meet with an International Student Advisor before leaving Canada.