Updated: Jun 25
How to Apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit Before Receiving Your Diploma as an International Student in Canada
PGWP in Canada: Applying Before Receiving Your Diploma
If you're an international student in Canada, you might be wondering if you have to wait until you receive your diploma or attend your graduation ceremony before applying for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).
The answer is no, you don't have to wait. Here are the steps to apply for a PGWP before receiving your diploma:
Proof of Completion for PGWP Application
Obtain proof of completion of your study program. This can be in the form of an official letter from your school, an official transcript, or a copy of your transcript from your school's website.
180-Day Deadline for PGWP Application
You have 180 days after your school issues your final marks to apply for a PGWP. Your study permit must have been valid at some point during these 180 days to be eligible for a PGWP.
Apply for PGWP with a Valid Study Permit
If your study permit is still valid, you can apply for a PGWP while it's still valid, even if it's set to expire soon.
PGWP Application Options When Study Permit Expires
However, if your study permit expires before you apply for a PGWP, you have two options. You can restore your status as a student when you apply for a PGWP, which involves submitting a new study permit application and paying the associated fees. Once your new study permit is approved, you can apply for a PGWP. Alternatively, you can leave Canada and apply for a PGWP from outside the country.
In summary, you don't have to wait to physically receive your diploma or attend your graduation ceremony to apply for a PGWP. As long as you have proof of completion of your study program, you can apply for a PGWP within 180 days of your school issuing your final marks. If your study permit expires before you apply for a PGWP, you'll need to restore your status as a student or leave Canada and apply for a PGWP from outside the country. If you need assistance with your PGWP application, the Immigrative's experienced immigration professionals can help guide you through the process.
At Immigrative, we understand the challenges that international students face when navigating the Canadian immigration system. Our team of experienced immigration professionals can help you with your post-graduation work permit application and guide you through the process. We can assist you in gathering the required documents, preparing your application, and ensuring that you meet all the eligibility criteria. Our goal is to help you achieve your immigration goals and make your transition from student to worker in Canada as smooth as possible. Contact us today to learn more about how we can assist you with your post-graduation work permit application.