International students who have finished their post-secondary study in Canada may be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit. International students can gain valuable work experience in Canada and build significant professional networks as a result of this.
How To Apply For Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)
You can apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit if you have completed your studies in an appropriate program at a Canadian post-secondary institution. International graduates with Post-Graduation Work Permits are able to work in Canada for any firm.
A Post-Graduation Work Permit is not employer-specific (it is an “open” work permit) and allows recent graduates more job flexibility than a work permit that must be verified in the labor market. International graduates with a Post-Graduation Work Permit can work for any Canadian company, in any industry, in any province or territory.
Depending on the length of the applicable academic program, international graduates may be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit with a maximum duration of three years. Candidates applying for a Post-Graduation Work Permit do not need to have a job offer in Canada when they submit their application.
The following are the requirements for obtaining a Post-Graduation Work Permit:
A full-time study program of at least eight months must be completed.
You must have completed the following courses:
a PUBLIC post-secondary educational institution (university, college, or CEGEP); or a PUBLIC post-secondary educational institution (university, college, or CEGEP).
a private post-secondary educational institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as public institutions but receives at least half of its funding from government grants; or a private post-secondary educational institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as public institutions but receives at least half of its funding from government grants.
a degree-granting approved private educational institution in Canada.
Within 90 days of getting official confirmation from your academic institution that you have satisfied program criteria, apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.
Successful completion of your studies – you must get a formal notification that you are eligible to receive your degree, diploma, or certificate.
When applying for a Post-Graduation program, you must have a valid study permit.
It’s vital to remember that your academic program must last at least two years in order to qualify for a three-year Post-Graduation Work Permit. If your academic program lasts longer than eight months but less than two years, you may be eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit for the same period.
If you acquire a one-year degree or diploma from an approved educational institution within two years after completing an accredited academic program, you may be eligible for a three-year open work permit.
If you meet all of the requirements but did not complete your last semester of study full-time, an exception can be made. You can still apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit in these circumstances.
The Post-Graduation Work Permit Program is a well-known precursor to the Canadian Experience Class.
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
The Canadian Experience Class is a program designed for temporary foreign employees in Canada who want to become permanent residents.
Temporary Foreign Workers are excellent immigration candidates with a high chance of settling in Canada. The Canadian government realizes that a temporary foreign worker’s immersion in Canadian society boosts the likelihood of economic integration as a permanent resident significantly. As temporary foreign employees and international students, members of the Canadian Experience Class have often formed key networks in Canada.
The Canadian Experience Class is a pass/fail system, which means that candidates will be approved if they meet the minimum standards (and are not found inadmissible for reasons such as criminal or medical inadmissibility). Candidates who have met all of the requirements will be considered.
Candidates who meet the eligibility requirements for this Canadian immigration program will become permanent residents of the country.
The following basic qualifications must be met by applicants to the Canadian Experience Class. Applicants must have the following qualifications:
Within 36 months of the date of application, a minimum of 12 months of “skilled,” professional, or technical employment experience in Canada; and
Achieved a Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) score of 5 (“beginning intermediate”) or 7 (“sufficient intermediate proficiency”), depending on the job; and
Applicants must have no intention of residing in Quebec.
Note: Applicants must show verification of their employment histories, such as pay stubs, tax records, and letters of recommendation. Applicants must have earned their experience in Canada under the supervision of the Canadian federal government.
Applicants for the CEC may stay in Canada for the duration of the application procedure. Applicants can apply for the Canadian Experience Class from either within or outside of Canada, as long as their Canadian work experience occurred within the previous three years. The “bridging open work permit” may be a useful choice for you if you are presently working in Canada and your current temporary work permit is about to expire before your CEC application can be finalized.
Applicants will be able to continue working while waiting for a final decision on their permanent residence application with a “bridging open work permit.”
The Canadian Experience Class is a good option for international students.
The Canadian Experience Class is meant to help international students transition to permanent residents of Canada. Many international graduates become eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit after graduating from a qualifying academic program or course of study at a designated Canadian learning institution (PGWP). A PGWP is an
What does it mean to have “skilled work experience”?
Applicants must have prior work experience in a skilled occupation, as stated earlier. For the purposes of the Canadian Experience Class, “skilled work experience” is defined as experience in one of the following jobs:
Technical work and skilled crafts (NOC skill type 0); management (NOC skill type 0); professional (NOC skill type A); and managing (NOC skill type 0). (NOC skill type B).
Full-time work is defined as working at least 30 hours per week; however, those with similar part-time job experience may apply.
“Open” work permit, meaning it can be utilized by any employer in Canada. If a graduate works in a skilled occupation for at least one year, they may be able to apply for permanent residency under the Canadian Experience Class.