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Post Graduate Work Permits and Employment after graduation. International Student Advising Office Fall 2009. What will be discussed?. Overview of Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) Program Applying for Permanent Residency (PR) Application Process for Post Graduate Work Permit Career Advice.

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post graduate work permits and employment after graduation

Post Graduate Work Permits and Employment after graduation

International Student Advising Office

Fall 2009

what will be discussed
What will be discussed?
  • Overview of Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) Program
  • Applying for Permanent Residency (PR)
  • Application Process for Post Graduate Work Permit
  • Career Advice
pgwp overview of permit
PGWP – Overview of permit
  • You must have completed all requirements for your degree or diploma to apply
  • Do not need a job offer
  • PGWP’s may be issued for no longer than 3 years
  • PGWP allows you to gain valuable Canadian work experience – this will help if you want to apply for Permanent Residency (PR)
how can i become a permanent resident once i graduate and have my pgwp
How can I become a Permanent Resident once I graduate and have my PGWP?

Federal Govt./Canada Experience Class (CEC )

  • Need 1 year of full-time professional, managerial or trade work experience in Canada with your PGWP before applying
    • (Skill Type 0, or Skill Level A or B under the NOC)
  • Work experience gained during your studies does not count - only work experience gained after graduation can be counted.
  • To apply for permanent residence under the Canadian Experience Class please review the application guide
how can i become a permanent resident while working with my pgwp
How can I become a Permanent Resident while working with my PGWP?

Provincial Govt. of NL/Provincial Nominee Program

  • Allows international graduates to be considered for nomination for permanent residence in Canada.
  • Must have established strong ties to NL & intend to live, work, & establish themselves in this province.
  • Require a full-time job offer from a NL employer in his/her field of study or in an area that is related to the field of study OR have a proven attachment to the local labour market for a period of at least six months
  • To apply for permanent residence under the NLPNP please review the application guide
the post graduate work permit pgwp
The Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP):
  • You must apply for a Post Graduate Work Permit within 90 days of graduation from your program of study
  • You must have a valid Study Permit when you apply for the PGWP
  • During your program of study, you must have studied full time for 8 months in order to be eligible
who is eligible for pgwp
If you studied for...

less than 8 months

less than 2 years but more than 8 months

2 years or more

Then...

you are not eligible

you may get a work permit for a period no longer than the length of time you studied (for example, if you studied for 9 months, you may get a work permit issued for 9 months)

a work permit may be issued for 3 years

Who is eligible for PGWP?
how to apply
How to apply :
  • Obtain an application kit via CIC website and read the guide.
  • Complete the application form and attach the necessary documents.
  • Refer to & include the Document Checklist with your application package
  • Pay the fee ($150) & get necessary receipt.
  • Mail the application form and documents.
how to pay the fee for pgwp
How to pay the fee for PGWP?

There are 2 ways to pay:

  • You can pay the application fee ($150) at a bank using form "IMM 5401" (form available at the ISA office) or
  • You can pay online via: http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/fees/index.asp
where to you mail your pgwp application
Where to you mail your PGWP application?

Buy an “XpressPost” envelope at the post office and

mail your application to:

Citizenship and Immigration –

Work Permit Case Processing Centre

6212 - 55th Avenue, Unit 555

Vegreville, AB

T9C 1X6

how do i get started with job search
How do I get started with job search?
  • Decide what type of job you want
  • Update Cover Letter & Résumé or CV
  • Job market search – open jobs
  • Job market search – hidden jobs (most important)
  • Research employers & get a mock interview
self evaluation
Self Evaluation
  • Need to have some idea of what type of work you want to do & where once you graduate
  • Think about skills you acquired through work, school, volunteering, activities, etc
  • Identify short and long term goals – work in Canada, in NL, return home, travel, etc
  • Considering graduate school?
    • If you graduate, get a job for a while and then start grad school, you will not be able to get another PGWP
    • Not eligible for another PGWP if you have previously been issued a Post-Graduation Work Permit following any other program of study
cover letter resume or cv
Cover Letter & Resume or CV
  • Target the position and employer/institution
  • Make sure to have your cover letter & résumé or CV critiqued (email: lwalsh@mun.ca)
  • In North America, a résumé and curriculum vitae (CV) are different.
    • Résumé: used for job search
    • CV: used for academic and research positions
search the open job market
Search the open job market

Open Job Market: easier way to search for work:

  • Classified ads in local and national newspapers
  • Online job listings:
    • www.workopolis.com , www.careerbeacon.com
    • www.jobbank.gc.ca &
    • www.psc.gov.nl.ca/psc/jobs/main.asp?id=external
  • Job fairs – on campus, in the community or virtually
  • On campus employer information sessions
  • Community events, tradeshows and conferences
search the hidden job market
Search the hidden job market

Hidden Job Market: requires you to network & research

  • 85% of jobs are not advertised, so you have to network
  • Who can be my network?
    • Develop a list of friends, family, past employers, professors etc.
    • Talk to these contacts and let them know you are looking for work
    • Make contact by telephone, face to face or email
    • Tell everyone you are job hunting, you never know what may happen!
research companies get a mock interview
Research companies & get a mock interview
  • Explore yellow pages, ask other people, or review a company’s website
  • Review organization websites that have employers as members.
    • St. John’s Board of Trade website (membership directory). www.bot.nf.ca
    • NATI: NL Association of Technology Industries www.nati.net
  • Contact the career centre (cdel@mun.ca) & request a mock interview.
  • You can get great advice and suggestions to improve your next interview!
questions about post graduate work permit or job search
Questions about Post Graduate Work Permit or Job Search?

Contact the ISA Office:

  • Natasha Clark (nclark@mun.ca) or
    • Lynn Walsh (lwalsh@mun.ca)