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5 Tips to Avoid Post-Graduate Work Permit Rejection in Canada

July 26, 2020BY Faisal Mustafa

You have studied at a university in Canada and want to stay back. You will need to work to meet your needs, and you may aspire to acquire citizenship status. While everything might seem easy and straightforward, it is not the case.

After you have been graduated, you will need a post-graduate work permit (PGWP) to stay back in the country while earning legal money through legal jobs. Once you acquire a post-graduate work permit, it is valid for the next 3 years.

However, there are possibilities that the application may get rejected. This article will discuss why a PGWP can get rejected and how you can avoid such a situation.

Know What to Do after Post Graduate Work Permit Rejected

1. Post-graduate Work Permit

The post-graduate work permit is a document that allows you to work inside Canada for the next 3 years. This will give you a chance to gather work experience and then to apply for permanent residency, which will lead to citizenship in the future.

If you are looking to graduate very soon, you should start preparing your application for a post-graduate work permit. As soon as you get your final grades, you have 180 days to apply for PGWP. Your graduation ceremony will not affect the application, and you do not need a job offer to apply.

Now, there are specific requirements and eligibility to apply for a post-graduate work permit or pgwp application.If a graduate fails to fulfill these factors, his application will get rejected. So, to avoid that, let us first examine some detailed reasons behind the rejection of a post-graduate work permit application.

2. Reasons Behind Post-graduate Work Permit Rejection

Doing Job Before Final Year

You are allowed to study part-time in your last semester only. So, if you have studied part-time in any period before the final semester of your university life, your application will be rejected.

Study Gap

If there is a gap or break in your study, your application will be rejected. These gaps can be due to failing in a course, political strikes, teacher’s unavailability, financial constraints, and switching schools or programs.

In addition, you must provide the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Canada (IRCC), with proper reasons behind the gap in your study. Failing to do so will lead to rejection as well.

Expired Study Permit

Your study permit cannot expire during the application of the post-graduate work permit. If it has expired, you must pay a $200 restoration fee and apply accordingly. Failing to do so will lead to rejection.

Also, not providing sufficient reasoning behind why the authority should still accept your application, will lead to rejection of the post-graduate work permit application.

Restoration Period

If you are outside the 90 days restoration period, the IRCC will not accept your application. Moreover, your application will get rejected.

Absence of Educational Transcript

If you do not include a transcript from your educational institute, your post-graduate work permit will be rejected.

Non-eligible PGWP school

To apply and possibly to get the permission of post-graduate works, you need to complete graduation from a PGWP accepted school or university. If your institution is a non-eligible PGWP school, your application will be rejected.

Worked more than 20 hours a week

If you have worked more than 20 hours a week during your study, that is unauthorized by the authority. Your post-graduate work permit application will likely get rejected for that. Furthermore, working before enrolling in school will also lead to application rejection.

Finally, sometimes IRCC and the visa officers can make mistakes. This is very unlikely but possible. In cases like that, your application may return rejected.

3. What You Should Do After Post Graduate Work Permit is Rejected

The chances of your post-graduate work permit being rejected are likely. So, what should you do when you get rejected for your PGWP application?

The best solution is to consult professional help to re-apply. Professionals can help in presenting a strong case and application. They can primarily assist with issues such as expired study permits or study gaps.

After the rejection by IRCC, you have 180 days to re-submit your application. This re-application should include all the updated documents and sufficient explanation for past refusal and why not to reject you again.

If you exceed 180 days, your study permit will expire. In that case, you will need to apply for a study permit and post-graduate work permit together with a $200 restoration fee. As per IRCC laws, a valid study permit is a must requirement for post-graduate work permit application.

4. How to Apply for Post Graduate Work Permit?

  • First, you will need your final transcript, official or unofficial, which can be acquired from the MyNAIT portal.
  • Once your final grades are submitted, the registrar’s office will take around 6 weeks to review and confirm your graduation.
  • After the confirmation, you will receive an official letter of graduation completion.
  • With all the documents prepared, you can visit the IRCC website and find your way to the “work permit-new or extend” option. The application form can be found there.
  • Fill up the form, send the documents, and attach the fee for the post-graduate work permit application. The total cost for the application of a post-graduate work permit is 255 CAD.

5. Checking the Eligibility of Applying for Post Graduate Work Permit

  • You are eligible to apply for a post-graduate work permit if you have the following criteria fulfilled. This will also make sure that your application is not rejected after applying.
  • You must have a graduation certificate, diploma, or degree where the program lasted for at least 8 months.
  • Excluding the semester breaks, you have studied full-time in the program. Here you have two exceptions. One, you can study part-time only in the final semester of your program. Secondly, you can take an authorized study gap of 150 days. Additionally, any less than 50% of class done from a distance or online will make you ineligible.
  • You must apply within 180 days of your graduation completion. Along with that, you must have a valid study permit. If your study permit has expired, you must apply for one or apply for a visitor status before again being eligible to apply for a post-graduate work permit.


Every graduate has the dream to work in Canada and stay permanently. The country follows strict rules and regulations regarding all permits, permanent residency, and citizenship. A student should follow every guideline before applying for a post-graduate work permit so that there is no scope of rejection.

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