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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 in a letter of explanation in your PGWP application.
  • Due to the previous impacts of COVID-19, IRCC introduced facilitative PGWP measures for remote learning:
    • For those who started their degree studies before August 31, 2022:
      • PGWP Eligibility – You may complete 100% of your program online from outside of Canada from March 2020 to August 31, 2022.
      • PGWP Length – The time spent studying outside of Canada before December 31, 2023, won’t be deducted from the length of your PGWP.
    • For those who started their degree studies between September 1, 2022, and August 31, 2024:
      • PGWP Eligibility – You must complete 50% of your program inside Canada (either online or in-class).
      • PGWP Length – The time spent studying outside of Canada before August 31, 2024, won’t be deducted from the length of your PGWP (as long as it constitutes less than 50% of your program of study).
    • Please note: You must have applied for your study permit before you began a term from outside Canada if you wish to use that term towards PGWP eligibility under these facilitative PGWP measures.
    • Distance Learning from Inside Canada: If your in-class courses are moved online due to the pandemic, time spent studying online in Canada will count towards the length of the PGWP until August 31, 2024.

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.

Our team of Immigration Consultants is here to help you with your application! Please book an appointment with our team for an application review to not risk a refusal on your application. You can book a same day appointment on Portal or contact us via webform requesting an appointment.