Post-graduation work permit

You may be eligible to apply for a post-graduation work permit within 90 days of completing your program requirements, allowing you to live and work in Canada.

What is it?

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.

If you have ever taken a leave of absence or studied part-time, we recommend you consult with an International Student Advisor before submitting your application.

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.

Why do I need it?

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.

When do I need it?

You must apply for your PGWP within 90 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.

How to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit

Working while you wait 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 90 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.

Traveling after applying for your post-graduation work permit

We recommend that students wishing to travel outside Canada after applying for their PGWP meet with an International Student Advisor before leaving Canada.

Get help

International Student Development

Talk to an advisor

International Student Advisors are Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) or Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) who can help.

When emailing us, include the following information in the email:

  1. Your student number in the subject line
  2. Your name
  3. Your citizenship(s)
  4. All permit and visa expiration dates (if applicable)
  5. Currently in Canada (YES or NO)
  6. If you request specific assistance, please provide detailed information including applicable documents, such as a rejection letter
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