Post Graduation Work Permits
Once international students have completed their studies in an eligible program at an eligible Canadian post-secondary institution, international graduates can apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit, which allows them to work in Canada.
They are not required to have a Canadian job offer at the time of application under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program. International graduates can obtain up to a three-year open work permit, allowing them to work for any Canadian employer in any industry.
The program of study must be a minimum of two years for the graduate to obtain the three-year work permit. However, if the program was less than two years but longer than eight months, the graduate can still obtain a work permit for the same duration as the program of study.
Such a Post-Graduation Work Permit can only be issued once in a lifetime. Obtaining one and then returning to studies could be a mistake as it could waste the one-time opportunity.
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