New Changes to the Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP)
A promising job market, an affordable cost of living, and an unparalleled multicultural scene – these are some of the many reasons why Canada remains a popular destination for international students seeking to embark on a life-changing journey in a foreign land. However, in recent years, one of Canada’s biggest draws has been the Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP). This is a license that allows international students who graduate from eligible learning institutions to obtain valuable work experience in the country. For students who successfully complete their education at one of these learning institutions, the PGWP is the key to opening the doors of the Canadian labour market.
On February 14, 2019, multiple policy changes for the PGWP came into effect. These changes were implemented by Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), and will pertain to all applications submitted on or after the date. The following represents a list of some of the modifications to the PGWP, as well as their implications for international students.