Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

As an international student at ECU, you have the opportunity to work in Canada for up to three years after completing your degree program.

You'll need a post-graduate work permit (PGWP). The PGWP is an open work permit that allows you to work anywhere in Canada and in any occupation.

PGWP eligibility requirements:

  • You have graduated from an academic program at least eight months in length that leads to a degree, diploma or certificate, and
  • You took at least 12 credits (a full-time course load) in each semester of your study program. Exceptions:
    • Studying part-time during your final semester.
    • Taking authorized leave less than 150 days.
    • Having to stop studying or changing to part-time studies between March 2020 and the Fall semester in 2020 for reasons related to COVID-19.
  • You completed at least 50% of your program on campus in Canada.
  • You apply within 180 days after your final grade is updated in your Moodle account (Moodle is Emily Carr’s Learning Management System) and your study permit has been valid within the last 180 days.

Length of the PGWP:

  • If your program less than 8 months: not eligible for the PGWP.
  • 8-month certificate program: 8 months PGWP.
  • 4-year Bachelor’s degree and Master’s Degree: 3 years.

Documents required to apply for the PGWP:

  • Confirmation of Graduation Letter
  • Official Transcript
  • Valid passport and study permit
  • Picture
  • Application Fee: $255 (Work Permit fee $155 + Open Work Permit Holder Fee $100)

How to apply for the PGWP:

Apply online:

Apply on paper :

If you are within Canada and have difficulties that prevent you from applying online, you might be able to apply on paper. If you are outside Canada in a country that only accepts paper applications, you can submit a paper application. Please go through the Instruction Guide and submit a complete application.

After the you have completed your Submission:

Please immediately stop working once your final grade is updated in your Moodle Account.

You can work full-time until IRCC sends you the IMM0127E letter which authorizes you to work in Canada.

You can work until the specified date shown in the letter or until a decision is made on your application, whichever is first, as long as you meet the following criteria:

  • Had a valid study permit when you submitted your application.
  • Completed your study program.
  • Were eligible to work off campus without a work permit while studying and you did not work more hours than you were allowed to.

For more information regarding PGWP, please visit IRCC’s official website.