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As an international student, you have many opportunities to gain valuable work experience in Canada once you graduate. A post-graduation work permit (PGWP) application may be an option after your degree if you continuously studied full-time in Canada, with the exception of part-time registration in your final term, and meet the other eligibility criteria. A job offer is not one of the application requirements.

IRCC requires that less than 50% of the program’s total courses be completed through distance learning (i.e. online courses) and states that only time spent studying in Canada counts towards the length of the PGWP. However, temporary changes were made due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You still need a valid study permit to study online in Canada.

  • You are still eligible for the PGWP if from March 2020 to the end of spring 2020 term, you had to drop your study or co-op work term or studied part-time. If this applies to you, you should address this temporary policy in a letter of explanation in your PGWP application.
  • IRCC has extended the distance learning provision for post-graduation work permit (PGWP) eligibility to August 31, 2023. This provision allows international students studying online from abroad or who have submitted a study permit application no later than August 31, 2022, to continue to complete up to 100% (up until August 31, 2023) of their program online without affecting their PGWP eligibility. If you want to qualify for this provision, you must either hold a valid study permit or have applied for a study permit before starting your studies (the study permit must eventually be approved). 
  • If you apply for your first study permit after August 31, 2022, then the time you spend studying outside of Canada before August 31, 2023 won’t be deducted from the length of your PGWP.  However, you would still be required to complete at least 50% of your program while physically in Canada. 

If you've taken any irregular terms off,  or studied part-time prior to your final term, you will need to include a letter of explanation in your application and we strongly recommend you speak with one of our immigration consultants before applying.