Canada’s Post-Graduation Work Permit for International Students. 3 Basic things you need to know.

What is a Post-Graduation Work Permit or PGWP?

The Post Graduation Work Permit or PGWP is a program by the Canada government, which allows international students who have graduated from eligible Canadian learning institutions to obtain valuable Canadian work experience. The training and experience gained through this program enable international students to qualify for permanent residence in Canada through the Canadian experience class within Express Entry.

PGWP Eligibility Requirements

Applicants can only receive 1 Post-Graduation Work Permit in their lifetime. The first and most important requirement for a PGWP is that the applicant must have graduated from an eligible designated learning institution (DLI).  Also, the applicant must currently hold a valid temporary status.

Students must also submit clear evidence that they meet all of the below-mentioned criteria:

  • The applicant is required to complete academic, vocational, or professional training at an eligible institution in Canada that lasts for a minimum of 8 months and results in a degree, diploma, or certificate.
  • The applicant must have maintained full-time student status in Canada during each academic session of the program or programs of study they have completed and submitted as part of their post-graduation work permit application. Exceptions can be made only to the following: leave from studies or Final academic session.
  • The applicant must have received a transcript and an official letter from the eligible DLI confirming that they have met the requirements to complete their study. The transcript and official letter must be included in a post-graduation work permit application.

Within 180 days of the date of applying for the post-graduation work permit, applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:

PGWPs can be extended depending on work permit eligibility.

 International student graduates who meet the eligibility requirements for work permits other than the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) can maintain their legal status and continue working in Canada by applying for a different type of work permit before their PGWP expires.

You may be able to work full-time as your PGWP is processed. International student graduates who submit their Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) application before their study permit expires are eligible to work full-time while their application is being processed. if:

  • The student has finished their course of study.
  • They meet the criteria for off-campus work without a work permit, which includes being enrolled as a full-time student at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in a post-secondary academic, vocational, or professional training program for at least 8 months, resulting in a degree, diploma, or certificate.
  • They stayed within the limits of the allowed working hours.

  Open Work Permit for a spouse or partner of PGWP holder

Spouses and common-law partners of PGWP holders will be eligible for open work permits under the C41 exemption. In order to be eligible for the work permit without proof of a job offer or a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

  • Authorized to work in Canada for a minimum of 6 months after a spouse or common-law partner’s open work permit application is received
  • employed in a highly skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, B)
  • Currently living in or intending to live in Canada while being employed.


The pandemic has made drastic changes globally, and as a result of this, Canada is facing a labor shortage. The government has introduced a new Immigration Level Plan for 2023-2025, aiming to welcome 1.5 million new immigrants to the country to tackle the labor shortage. Hence, management jobs are in high demand in Canada.

The new immigration plan embraces immigration as a strategy to help employers in Canada find potential workers. It seeks to attract the skills required to fill in shortages across key sectors in the country including Healthcare, Skilled Trades, Manufacturing, and Technology. As a result of this, management jobs are gaining high demand in Canada.

The Canadian government increased the target of the Express Entry Program and the Provincial Nominee Program. Under the Immigration Level Plan, the Express Entry Program will welcome 82,880 in 2023, 109,020 in 2024, and 114,000 in 2025. The second-most preferred Canadian immigration pathway, the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP), will be another leading intake pathway for economic immigrants. Canada’s PNP targets will increase to 105,500 in 2023, 110,000 in 2024, and 117,500 in 2025.

Management jobs within a wide range of fields are in demand in Canada. The opportunities vary from construction manager to manager in healthcare. Most workers in management positions are retiring faster than they can be replaced. The majority of management jobs in Canada can be found in major cities such as Vancouver, Winnipeg, Edmonton, Saskatoon, and Toronto. No doubt being a manager in Canada has its perks – a higher salary, more vacation time, and increased prestige and recognition from higher management.

 Management Jobs Eligibility

Workers with a minimum of 1 year of experience in the field can immigrate to Canada in six months, through the Express Entry Program. The express entry program ranks candidates based on their online work profile. If the candidate has a Comprehensive Ranking System (CRS) score of 430 or above, you are eligible to receive an invitation to apply for Permanent Residence.

Benefits of Canada PR

  1. PR allows the resident to move to any territory or province of Canada. The employee doesn’t have to stick with an employer, job, or province.
  2. The majority of Canadian PR cards are valid for 5 years. But the positive thing is that there is no limit to renewing or extending the visa status.
  3. It allows the PR cardholder to bring his/her family along with them. However, they need to sponsor some residents.
  4. The Canadian government ensures free education up to 12th grade for all children of permanent residents.
  5. Medical care is free for all Canadian PR cardholders.
  6. The residents of Canada can get suitable high-paying jobs and tax rebates, which help them enjoy a good quality of life.
  7. PR is the road to Canadian citizenship. If an immigrant has lived in the country for 3 years, then he is eligible for Canadian citizenship.
  8. Permanent residents in Canada are also known as landed immigrants. They can also legally start their enterprise following Canadian immigration. 

To know about your eligibility and CRS score, you can connect with our consultant.




The Express Entry Program empowers individuals with exceptional opportunities in healthcare and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) occupations.

Express Entry Program for Healthcare & STEM

On May 31, IRCC unveiled new selection categories for Express Entry Candidates. Two days before, IRCC conducted the first-ever Express Entry Category Based draw inviting healthcare workers. It says it will invite more healthcare workers over the coming week. In addition, IRCC plans to hold its first round of category-based draws for STEM workers next week.

Canada is facing a major labour shortage and the new program aims to support Canada’s economic goals and make the labour force strong. The new categories under the Express Entry Programs are:

  • Healthcare occupations
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) occupations
  • Trade occupations
  • Transport occupations
  • Agriculture and agri-food occupations
  • French-language proficiency

High demand for healthcare occupations in the new Express Entry Draws

The healthcare sector is facing the most severe labor issues more seriously than any sector in Canada.  According to Employment and Social Development Canada’s Canadian Occupational Projection System (COPS), healthcare will become the largest employing sector in Canada, with more than 2.5 million workers by 2031 (up from 2.2 million in 2021).
Almost half of the eligible occupations for the new category-based draws fall under the healthcare category. Have a look at the different occupations:

  • Audiologists and speech-language pathologists
  • Chiropractors
  • Dentists
  • Dieticians and nutritionists
  • Education counsellors
  • General practitioners and family physicians
  • Instructors of persons with disabilities
  • Kinesiologists and other professional occupations in therapy and assessment
  • Licensed practical nurses
  • Massage therapists
  • Medical laboratory assistants and related technical occupations
  • Medical laboratory technologists
  • Medical radiation technologists
  • Medical sonographers
  • Nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates
  • Nurse practitioners
  • Nursing co-ordinators and supervisors
  • Occupational therapists
  • Optometrists
  • Other assisting occupations in support of health services
  • Other practitioners of natural healing
  • Other professional occupations in health diagnosing and treating
  • Other technical occupations in therapy and assessment
  • Paramedical occupations
  • Pharmacy technical assistants and pharmacy assistants
  • Physician assistants, midwives, and allied health professionals
  • Physiotherapists
  • Psychologists
  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • Respiratory therapists, clinical perfusionists, and cardiopulmonary technologists
  • Specialists in clinical and laboratory medicine
  • Specialists in surgery
  • Therapists in counseling and related specialized therapies
  • Traditional Chinese medicine practitioners and acupuncturists
  • Veterinarians

STEM Occupations in the new Express Entry Draws

Occupations in Science, Technology, and Mathematics are also in high demand in Canada.  ICT revenues reached $242 billion in 2021, as per the report. Canada is a leading hub for AI, with 1,032 AI and machine learning companies. However, the retirement rate and rapid technological advancements are creating a skills gap in the labour force, causing some employers to hire less qualified candidates, which hampers business growth.
“One of Canada’s greatest strengths is its ability to attract talent. This new STEM-focused category-based selection round will support our science and technology sector and its workforce, by attracting even more of the skilled talent that companies need to drive innovation and realize their growth potential. “Combining its unparalleled ability to attract talent with the innovative capacity of its entrepreneurs, Canada is the best place in the world to start and scale a technology company.” François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry of Canada stated in a media release.
Most of the occupations eligible under the STEM category provide high salaries from the beginning. Take a look at the major occupations eligible under this category:

  • Architects
  • Architecture and science managers
  • Business systems specialists
  • Civil Engineers
  • Computer and information systems managers
  • Computer engineers (except software engineers and designers)
  • Computer systems developers and programmers
  • Cybersecurity specialists
  • Data scientists
  • Database analysts and data administrators
  • Electrical and electronics engineers
  • Engineering managers
  • Industrial and manufacturing engineers
  • Information systems specialists
  • Land surveyors
  • Landscape Architects
  • Mathematicians, statisticians, and actuaries
  • Metallurgical and materials engineers
  • Natural and applied science policy researchers, consultants, and program officers
  • Software developers and programmers
  • Software engineers and designers
  • Urban and land use planners
  • Web designers
  • Web developers and programmers

Express Entry: Canada invites 4800 candidates in first draw of June 2023

The IRCC held its 14th Express Entry draw for 2023.

In June’s initial draw, following the recent draw on May 24, a total of 4,800 candidates with a minimum CRS score of 488 were invited in an all-program draw. Notably, this minimum score requirement is higher compared to the previous all-program draw on April 26, which had a minimum CRS score requirement of 483.

Exciting news from IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada): they have recently introduced six new category-based selection criteria for Express Entry candidates. These categories aim to attract candidates with specific attributes that align with Canada’s economic goals. The new categories include:

  1. Healthcare professionals
  2. Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experts
  3. Skilled tradespeople (e.g., carpenters, plumbers, contractors)
  4. Transportation industry workers
  5. Agriculture and agri-food specialists
  6. Candidates with strong French speaking abilities

These categories have been established to ensure that Canada’s immigration system remains responsive to the evolving needs of its economy. Candidates with relevant work experience in these fields will have enhanced opportunities to immigrate to Canada through the Express Entry system.

Looking at the numbers, excluding the current draw, IRCC has already invited a significant number of candidates in 2023. Over 13 draws, a total of 49,948 candidates have received invitations. This figure is notably higher than the number of candidates invited between July and November 2022, during which IRCC did not hold any all-program draws until July 2022 due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic (with 31,000 candidates invited).