The Post Graduate Work Permit was initiated in 2003 as pilot program in certain CANADIAN provinces. It was then expanding nationwide in 2005. From 2008, the PGWP allowed graduates to work for any employer in Canada for up to three years.
By 2014 study permit holders were allowed to obtain employment after graduation while awaiting approval of their PGWP.
Thiese measures made Canada more attractive to the international student market.The PGWP provides International students with a pathway to permanent residency and citizenship. Eligibility for PGWP is contingent on graduation from a full time program of at least 8 months duration.
The program must be at a Canadian Designated Learning institution (DLI). Studies must have been completed in-person which excludes online courses. Exception is made for those enrolled during the pandemic. Two year programs are eligible for a three year PGWP.