3-Year Work Permit Now Available for Master Students

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Starting February 15, 2024, students who have graduated from a master’s degree program, even if it is less than 2 years, are eligible for a 3-year PGWP if they meet all other eligibility criteria. 

Previously, the duration of the PGWP was directly linked to the length of the program of study. However, recognizing the potential of master’s students to contribute to Canada’s labor market, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has broadened the eligibility criteria, granting these students longer work permits.

For students enrolled in programs other than master’s level, the length of the issued PGWP will continue to align with the duration of the study program, up to a maximum of three years.

Furthermore, students enrolled in programs at PGWP-eligible designated learning institutions (DLIs) that span at least two years are also entitled to a three-year PGWP.To be eligible for a PGWP, international students must meet the following criteria:

  • Completion of studies in an academic, vocational, or professional training program lasting a minimum of eight months at an eligible DLI.
  • Enrollment in a program leading to a degree, diploma, or certificate.
  • Maintenance of full-time student status in Canada during every academic session of the completed program(s), with exceptions permitted.
  • Receipt of a transcript and official letter from an eligible DLI confirming program completion, both of which must be included in the PGWP application.
  • Graduation from a public post-secondary institution, trade or technical school, university, CEGEP (in Quebec), or private post-secondary school (in Quebec) operating under the same rules as public schools in Quebec.
  • Enrollment in a qualifying program at a Canadian private school authorized to award degrees under provincial law.

Reference: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/corporate/publications-manuals/operational-bulletins-manuals/temporary-residents/study-permits/post-graduation-work-permit-program.html

Disclaimer: The information from the newsletter is directly derived from IRCC. The material and information contained on this website is for informational purposes only and should not be construed as professional advice. Although best efforts have been made to ensure the accuracy of the information at the time of writing, we cannot guarantee the completeness or accuracy of all information. As information may change without notice, always refer to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s website for the most accurate and up-to-date information.