In Canada, work rights are available to international students while studying and also upon finishing a degree or diploma. Once international students arrive in Canada, they may also have a means to support themselves. Through their study permit, students can work part time on or off campus during the school year, and full time during academic breaks. And when undergraduate students graduate, they can apply for a work permit which allows them to stay and work in the country for up to three years.
“The Canadian government has made a very conscious decision to look at international student recruitment as a way of immigration into Canada,” says Britta Baron, who oversees international programs at the University of Alberta. ”The fact that students can stay on once they have finished is huge – and it’s not necessarily known around the world.”
International graduates from Canadian higher education institutions also have the opportunity to work in Canada for up to three years following the completion of their program.
To work in Canada after you graduate, you must apply for a work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP). If you would like to look into staying in Canada as a permanent resident after you finish your studies, it is relatively easy to obtain permanent residency.
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