REMINDER: FINAL Post-Graduation Work Permit information sessions are occurring this week (additional session added). Register below! Attendance at a PGWP information session is mandatory if you wish to book a 1:1 immigration advising appointment for PGWP-related questions.


Are you graduating this June? Do you want to remain and work in Canada after you complete your degree?

The Government of Canada offers Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWPs) to eligible international students who’ve completed their degree requirements, allowing you to remain in Canada and work for up to three years.  If you are graduating this term, or will be on exchange in your final term in 2019/2020, you are strongly encouraged to attend the upcoming PGWP session. This session will include:

  • Study permit validity and work authorization after you complete your program
  • Maintaining your status in Canada
  • Updated PGWP eligibility criteria and application process
  • Extending status of family members in Canada

IMPORTANT: The Government of Canada recently updated the instructions and requirements for PGWP’s (see summary below). If you have previously attended a PGWP session prior to the Winter 2019 term, you are strongly encouraged to attend a current session to ensure you have the most up-to-date information.


Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWP) information session

Tuesday, March 26th @ 11:30am – 1:30pm (make-up session)

Room: G101 (McEwen building)

Register here


PGWP Review Session & drop-in advising

Friday, March 29th

11am-12pm;  brief PGWP review session (*will cover highlights only; will not be a repeat of in-depth sessions offered earlier)

12pm-1:30pm;  drop-in PGWP advising (group format)

Room: W255

Register here


Important Reminders:

1) You must attend a relevant information session before booking a 1:1 immigration advising appointment for PGWP matters. If you have not attended a session, your appointment will be cancelled.

2) Spouses and partners are welcome (and encouraged) to attend!




Summary: PGWP Updates (as of 14 Feb 2019)

* You must include an official letter of completion AND official transcripts when you apply (transcripts were not previously required)

* You must apply within 180 days of completing your program (increased from 90 days)

* You are not required to have a valid study permit at time of applying, but you MUST have valid status (i.e.: student or visitor) if applying from within Canada


Despite these updates, we strongly encourage students to apply with a valid study permit and within 90 days of completing their programs.

For more information, see IRCC’s website and/or attend a PGWP session.