How much is the processing time for a PGWP application?
Generally, it takes 80 to 180 days for IRCC to process a PGWP application. However, while waiting for the decision on your application, you are eligible to work in Canada, given that you have already applied for this permit before the expiry of your study permit.
In total one has 180 days to file an application for PGWP from the time you completed all the requirements of your program of study.
Unlike earlier rules, if you have left Canada on the completion of your studies, you are still eligible to apply for a PGWP from overseas. If one submits a PGWP application from overseas, IRCC will require them to provide additional supporting documents based on the visa office that will be processing the application.
Is it possible to apply for a work permit after getting PGWP?
Yes, of course. One is free to apply for another work permit in future. Although one can apply for both LMIA or LMIA exempt permit (provided the applicant is eligible) but as per our experience it is recommended to consider applying for Canadian permanent residence since one would have Canadian work experience by then.
How many attempts can one make to apply for a PGWP?
It is only once that one can apply for a PGWP. However, if you intend to pursue another study course as a continuation of your previous education, or you plan to go for a longer degree program in Canada, then you might want to proceed with your PGWP strategically. This is because applying for a PGWP after a long duration of your study in Canada will make you eligible for a PGWP that has a longer validity (maximum upto three years).
Benefits of a PGWP for immigrating to Canada?
The post-graduation work permit is a program in Canada that is specially designed to make way for the international students to get the status of permanent residence in Canada. It is a pathway to get Canadian education, Canadain work experience that further helps in simplifying the Canadian Express Entry process for them. Both Candian education and work experience helps in building CRS score, increasing their chance of having a successful Canadian PR application.
Moving to PNPs or Provincial Nominee Programs, or if you have pursued your studies in Quebec then it is Quebec Experience Class Program for you, are also some aspects of Canadian immigration. These are also equally benefited from a PGWP status.
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