Canada’s Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program offers international students the opportunity to gain valuable work experience in Canada, which can be a stepping stone towards permanent residency. However, not all international students are eligible for a PGWP. The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has established strict eligibility criteria. This article aims to highlight the various factors that can make a person ineligible for a PGWP.
To be eligible for a PGWP, applicants must meet the following essential criteria:
Failure to meet these criteria can render a person ineligible for a PGWP.
Consider the following factors related to the choice of institution and program:
Ineligibility factors related to government funding and prior PGWP issuance include:
Be aware of these compliance and transitional measures:
In Quebec, eligibility criteria are specific for vocational and professional training graduates:
Understanding the complex landscape of PGWP eligibility is essential. Professional consultation can provide guidance in navigating the eligibility criteria. For further assistance or if you are facing complexities, you can fill out the provided form.
Table: Ineligible Programs for Government Scholarships and Funding
|Global Affairs Canada (GAC) Funding|
|Government of Canada Awards Program funded by GAC|
|Equal Opportunity Scholarship, Canada–Chile|
|Canada–China Scholars’ Exchange Program|
|Organization of American States Fellowships Program|
|Completion of program credits by distance learning|
|Program delivered by non-Canadian institution in Canada|
Table: PGWP Eligibility Criteria for Quebec Vocational and Professional Training Graduates
|Age: 18 years or older|
|Completed full-time vocational or professional training program|
|Minimum of 900 hours (equivalent to 8 months)|
|Submission of official program duration and documents|
For specific details on PGWP eligibility and to explore school and program eligibility, please visit the official IRCC website.