Canada welcomes work permit for International postgraduate students
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Canada welcomes work permit for International postgraduate students

Margaret Cooley



Till now, international students in Canada had to meet the criteria of staying within the country until they got their Post-Graduation Work Permit. The good news is that the requirement is no longer mandatory.

Students who have completed their graduation can work without their PGWP, full time. These students will also not lose the power of legally working in Canada, even if they leave or return to the country.

The decision of this permit to go though requires about 90 days. Therefore, international students, to work full time, will need to apply for this permit before the expiration of their study permit.

International students, on approval of their work permit, can work within the borders of Canada for eight months or even three years. The work permit comes in very handy if one wishes to permanently reside in Canada. It paves their way to get permanent residency by the express entry system allocated by the government.

International candidates receive ranks based on their success rates in Canada’s labor force when finding eligible for the Express Entry. They receive grades based on their work experience, education: age, reading, and writing skills. The combination of these scores forms their CRS or Combination Ranking System Score.


Through Express Entry draws, candidates with a high CRS score have more chances of qualifying for selection during the application invites for permanent Canadian Residence.

To apply for a PGWP, a student must meet the following requirement criteria-

  • The student will have to prove his study permit is valid
  • The student needs to show that he was a full-time student and is studying there for a minimum of six months
  • The student should have a diploma or any degree
  • Students have to prove that they did not work for more than 20 hours every week.
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