Changes for International Grads Looking for Post Grad Work


Recently, Employment and Social Development Canada eliminated the exception for international students looking for a work visa.

Many of these individuals look to stay in Canada in order to work on post-graduate education and also work at the same time.

However, this elimination makes it more challenging for these students to enter the country on a student or work visa. Before, Canadian employers could hire international grads recognized by post-secondary educational facilities inside of Canada.

These colleges did not have to prove they had previously advertised the position to Canadian students first. They could initially offer positions to international students working in Canada on post-graduate work permits (PGWP).

Changes for International Graduate Students

Now, if you are a student looking for a PGWP, you need to fulfill specific requirements. The requirements change depending on the work you are seeking, and if it’s higher-skilled or lower-skilled.

Knowing what the requirements are can help you determine if you qualify now. The institution may have to first offer the position to Canadian students prior to giving the job to you.

Higher-Skilled Positions

To qualify, you must now demonstrate specific education or training for the job. This includes a university education, college education, apprenticeship training or vocational education.

The work facility must stand as a degree-granting, post-secondary facility. This includes a university or college offering master and doctorate degrees. You must also work directly for a full time professor, associate professor or assistant professor, whose job is primarily teaching or research.

If you are applying for a film or entertainment position, the job must be directly related to the production of the form of entertainment or event.

Lower-Skilled Position

The lower-skilled position requirements focus more on your potential employer. In order for you to obtain what is considered a lower-skilled position, your employer must first pay a $1,000 processing fee for the position.

Before you can get the job, the college or other institution must first advertise the job for at least four weeks from the day the ad first appears and is accessible by the public.

The posting must actively seek to recruit qualified Canadians or permanent residents inside of Canada before the job can be offered to you. The marketing and recruitment process must use at least two different formats in order to qualify as acceptable.

If you are looking for postgraduate work permits inside of Canada, it is very important for you to understand this. The elimination of LMO advertising exemption for international students is going to affect you and what you need to do and what you employer needs to do.

Are You an International Student Looking to Work in Canada?

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Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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