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Post-Graduate Work Permit

Upon graduation, many students are eligible to work in Canada under the Post-Graduate Work Permit Program. The application is available online and the fee is $255. To be eligible, you:

  • Must have studied full time and completed a program that was a minimum of 8 months in length.
  • Must apply for the Post Graduation Work Permit within 180-days of receiving written confirmation (for example, a transcript or an official letter) from NSCC indicating that you have met the requirements for completing your academic program.
  • Must have completed and passed the program of study and received a notification that you are eligible to obtain your diploma or certificate.
  • Must have a valid study permit when you apply for the work permit

Impact of length of program of study in Canada and the length of the work permit:

The maximum length of this work permit is three years; however, your Post-Graduation Work Permit will be based on your length of studies. If the official length of your program of study is:

• Less than eight months: you are not eligible for this program

• Less than two years but more than eight months: you may get a work permit for a period no longer than the length of your program of study (for example, if you studied for nine months, a work permit may be issued for a period of nine months)

• Two years or more: a work permit may be issued for three years

The application guide for the Post-Graduate Work Permit can be found here: 

2021 NSCC Guide – Post Graduate Work Permit

A presentation on the Post-Graduate Work Permit is available here.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is a Post-Graduate Work Permit? How long will it allow me to work in Canada?

A post-graduate work permit allows you to work in Canada for up to three years after you graduate. The length of this work permit depends on the length of your program of study.  If your program was two years (or more) in length, you are eligible for a 3-year work permit. If your program was a one year program, you are eligible for a one-year permit.

When should I apply for my Post-Graduate Work Permit?

You must apply for your PGWP within 180 days of receiving notification from your department that you have completed your program.  You do not need to wait until your convocation date. You must have a valid study permit when you apply, and it is recommended you apply from within Canada.