Canada’s Progressive Leap - Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) for International Graduates

Recent amendments to the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program, effective from February 15, 2024, signal Canada’s commitment to attracting and retaining global talent. These changes will reshape career opportunities for international students aiming to kickstart their professional journeys in this country. The implications of these alterations are significant for recruiters. They bring a new perspective into focus on HR professionals involved with international talent acquisition.

Geert-Jan Waasdorp on March 12, 2024 Average reading time: 2 min
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Canada’s Progressive Leap  - Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) for International Graduates

The modified regulations specifically aim at the eligibility criteria and duration of the PGWP. Graduates from master’s degree programs with a minimum duration of 8 months, even those lasting less than two years, now qualify for an extended 3-year PGWP. This enhancement seeks to ease international graduates’ transition into the Canadian workforce by offering them invaluable hands-on experience in their respective fields.

Candidates must graduate from a designated learning institution (DLI) to qualify for the extended PGWP. They should consult the official DLI list to identify qualifying programs.

In the words of the official government statement:

“Starting February 15, 2024, students who graduate from master’s degree programs of less than 2 years (8 months minimum) may be eligible for a 3-year PGWP.”

Aligning with Canada’s overarching strategy to position itself as a global talent magnet, this pivotal change amplifies the prominence of international graduates’ role in shaping the nation’s economic landscape. As Canada opens its doors wider for skilled professionals, it further recognizes and evaluates contributions from international graduates towards its booming economic terrain.

The recent amendments to Canada’s Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program have garnered significant attention from prominent platforms such as The Economic Times. Likewise, this noteworthy development has become a focal point for international students, with the University of Toronto actively encouraging its student community to delve into the opportunities presented by this revised law. The increased duration of the PGWP for graduates from master’s degree programs lasting less than two years has sparked interest and enthusiasm among students seeking to capitalize on the extended work permit and contribute to Canada’s vibrant professional landscape.

For further details on the amended regulations and the application process, consult the detailed guide to PGWP.

This momentous update not only broadens the horizons for international graduates but also reinforces Canada’s appeal as a top destination for skilled professionals worldwide.



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Geert-Jan Waasdorp

Geert-Jan Waasdorp

Entrepreneur and Investor at Intelligence Group, Academie voor Arbeidsmarktcommunicatie, Werf&, Arbeidsmarktkansen, Recruitment Accelerator en
Geert-Jan Waasdorp has been active in the world of job market communication and recruitment since 1999. He started his journey as an analyst, and grow into an entrepreneur, business owner, investor and innovator. Waasdorp is a guest speaker, blogger and author of several books on recruitment and employer branding.
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