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New Rules for Post Graduate Work Permits

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Hi, this is Paula Holmes with There are now new rules in place for work visas for post-graduate students. In the past, Canada’s immigration system allowed students in Canada to work after their studies are complete in most cases. This program was called the post-graduate work permit program. Up until recently, Canada has allowed people completing their studies as post-grads to apply for a work visa without going through the laborious Labor Market Impact Assessment, or LMIA process, formerly known as the Labor Market Option.

Understanding the New Rules for Post Graduate Work Permits

The LMIA requires that an employer demonstrate that there are no Canadians who can fill the position and therefore the company is entitled to hire a foreign worker. The exemption to the LMIA process was a great benefit for recent graduates and employers alike. However, the Canadian government has taken away this exemption and now post-grad students and employers are required to go through the LMIA process, just like other candidates.

This means that the employer must recruit for four weeks and show that it could not find a qualified worker in Canada before it hires a post-graduate student. This is a very unfortunate development and requires that employers start the process early if they intend to hire post-grad workers. Both student and employer should be getting their paperwork together as early as possible. Thank you for listening and for more information, please visit us at

Are You a Post Graduate Interested in a Work Permit?

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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

4 thoughts on “New Rules for Post Graduate Work Permits

  1. mihir patel


    My query is that I have a employer who is ready to apply for a LMIA in Recreation Manager job in Alberta. So, he posted the ad for 5-6 months and there were technically no applicants except me.

    I have finished interview and my recruitment will start from next month. My question is I will have three years open work permit which is post grad permit from october. So, in regards to hiring what should the Employer and me do in order to get a successful LMIA?

    Thanks in advance

    1. Mira Freiwat

      Hello Mihir,

      Thank you for your inquiry. I can definitely assist you with the process of properly completing a LMIA to increase your chances of success and approval. But in order for me to do so, I must first learn some more details about you as the applicant, your employer, and the position that is being made available to you. We have helped hundreds of clients and their Canadian Employers obtain a positive LMIA over the years. Kindly complete this form for me Mihir, as it will give me the information I need to advise you accurately. Once it has been reviewed, you will be contacted. MF

  2. Mira Freiwat

    Hello Aditya,

    Thank you for your post. It seems that you are really unsure of which route is the best for you to take or even which is available to you considering the situation with your employer and LMIA. We can definitely help to guide you in the right direction and advise you on what options you have. Kindly complete this form for me so that I may learn more details about you and your situation and you will be contacted once it has been reviewed. MF

  3. Aditya


    I am Aditya Shyam Vyas, currently residing in New Delhi, working for an Advertising Agency at Ovilvy & Mather India Pvt. Ltd.

    I had an urgent query to make with regards to my Canadian Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) that I hold, which is about to expire on 28th Aug 2015, earned post my MBA from Carleton University, Ottawa,Canada.

    As I now decide to leave my job at Ogilvy India, head back to Canada and seek a job in Advertising in Canada, I am facing a terrible situation. I recently learnt from the website that I must apply, for my extension, atleast 30 days before my work permit expires.

    However, I also learnt that I can apply for an extension within 90 days of the expiry of my permit. The same’s link is mentioned below:

    Tough luck that I thought, unaware of LMIA, I could apply for extension even a week before my PGWP’s expiry.

    So I’m now stuck. I know if I apply for a visa then I might get it (basis my work permit). But it would be of no use, if I cannot get a job that would support the extension of my work permit in Canada.

    So here’s my question:

    1. Can I get my work permit extended during the month of August, “once I reach Canada & find a job”. Althought only a week or two would be left for my PGWP’s expiry?

    2. If yes, then would there be any issues that might be problematic for my employer and might lead my employer to not supporting my work permit extension? Since I am a PGWP holder, my application should be exempted from the LMIA. Would that also hold true for the extension of the same?

    Request you to please revert at the earliest. Looking forward to hearing from you and hopefully taking things forward.

    Great thanks


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