A Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) is an open work permit. It allows eligible international students who have completed a program from a PGWP-approved institution to continue their stay in Canada for up to 3 years. PGWP is designed to provide international graduates with valuable Canadian work experience, which can potentially help them qualify for Canadian permanent residency through various immigration pathways.


  • It’s an Open Work Permit – That allows you to work for any employer in Canada without any limitation on working hours.
  • It will enable candidates to gain work experience for the Permanent Residence in Canada.


  • Legal Status in Canada
  • Must have completed a program of study at a designated learning institution (DLI) in Canada
  • The program should have been at least eight months in duration

Documents Required

  • IMM 5710
  • Passport
  • Study permit
  • Course Completion
  • Transcripts
  • Digital Photo

How to Apply

  • Gather Documents
  • Complete the Application Forms
  • Pay the Fee

It is an online application that you can submit through your GC account.

Processing Time

  • 128 Days (as of September 21, 2023)

Application Fee

  • (as of September 21, 2023)
  • Work Permit fee - $100
  • Open Work Permit Holder fee - $155