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On February 14, 2019 IRCC published new changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit program. If you have ever taken a gap in studies (e.g. not enrolled), a leave of absence or studied part-time, see an International Student Advisor before submitting your application.
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 continuously studied full time in Canada and you 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.
All students are advised to include in their Post-Graduation Work Permit this Letter acknowledging UBC’s Definition of Full-time Studies for Immigration Purposes.
A PGWP is an excellent way to 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”). If you have questions about the exact date of program completion, ask your academic advisor.
Once you officially complete your academic program requirements you need a work permit before you can work on- or off-campus.
Students who have applied for a post-graduation work permit when their study permit was still valid can work full-time (on- or off-campus) while waiting for their post-graduation work permit application to be processed.
You may work full time (on- or off-campus) while waiting for your work permit application to be processed if you:
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 come and see an International Student Advisor before booking any travel or leaving Canada.
The immigration information on this page has been reviewed and endorsed by Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (RCICs) or Regulated International Student Immigration Advisors (RISIAs) in compliance with the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act and Regulations. However, this is not a legal document and information may change without notice. Always refer to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for the most up-to-date information.
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