From international student to worker
Once you complete your studies, you can apply for a post-graduation work permit which, usually, allows you to stay in Canada for up to 3 years.
The ISO offers Post-graduation work permit information sessions every term (dates, times and information on how to register can be found on the right-hand side of this page and in our events calendar). We recommend that you attend this information session during your final term of studies to guarantee that the information you get is the most up-to-date.
Please note: although the ISO does not advise on permanent residency matters, we invite Immigration Québec and Canada every Fall and Winter terms for information sessions (dates, times and how to register can be found on the right-hand side of this page and in our events calendar).
Read the University's position on the announced changes to the PEQ programme.
Applying for your post-graduation work permit
International Students who are graduating are eligible to apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) to allow you to work in Canada. You can apply for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) and be eligible to work for up to three (3) years in Canada. You must apply for a PGWP within 90 days of receiving your final marks, while still holding a valid Study Permit.
Applying for your PGWP: step-by-step instructions.
Please note: If your Study Permit will not be valid at the time you plan to submit your PGWP application, please discuss this with an ISO advisor. prior to applying.