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Transition From A Study Permit To Work Permit In Canada

Transition from a Study Permit to Work Permit in Canada

Done with your bachelor program or master degree and planning to gain professional work experience in Canada? Then, you need to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) to work in Canada. As an international student, your options to gain new work experiences expand after completing your studies.

What Is Post-Graduation Work Permit?

Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) is a pathway which allows international students to continue living in Canada to gain work experience. This permit is designed to help graduates leverage their education by gaining practical work experience in the Canadian job market. One of the biggest advantage of working in Canada after acquiring PGWP is that the chances of getting a Permanent Residence (PR) also maximize.

It is pertinent to keep in mind that you are absolutely allowed to work alongside your studies. As of the November 2022, the students on study permits are authorized to work for more than 20-hours per week while studying. He/she is allowed to work for more than 20-hours per week as a student off campus. One does not need to apply separately for a work permit to work as a student who is on a study permit.

Getting A Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) In Canada

In order to get a PGWP in Canada, you must have completed your studies at Designated Learning Institute (DLI). At the time of applying for PGWP, you must possess study permit. The duration of a PGWP can be issued for a period of up-to 3 years. The PGWP lets you work for any employer in Canada of your choice. It does not restrict you to work for a specific program or category.

Essential Steps To Apply For A Work Permit?

  • Submission of Documents: Gather essential documents, including a valid passport, a copy of your study permit, a letter from your institution confirming program completion, and other supporting papers. Remember, documentation is the key for a successful work permit.
  • Online Application: Apply for the post-graduation work permit through the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website.
  • Fee Payment: There is a fee associated with the work permit application that needs to be paid online.
  • Biometrics and Medical Exams: Depending on your country of origin and specific circumstances, biometrics and medical exams might be required as a part of the application process.

Contact The Lawyers At Ayaz Mehdi Professional Corporation!

Studying in Canada can unlock many professional opportunities, notably, the PGWP which grants authorization to international study permit holders to work in Canada. For a tailored advice to your unique situation, get in touch with the immigration lawyers at Ayaz Mehdi Professional Corporation.

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