Your Canadian College could make you ineligible for Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP)

Oftentimes several international students find themselves stranded after graduating from certain colleges in Canada each year. Not all study programs are designated by the provincial or territorial government for Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

There is a popular misconception among international students that colleges or universities which have designated learning institution (DLI) codes come under all sorts of legal agreements with the government which makes international students eligible for PGWP.  It is not the fact though. Some programs that you choose to study may not be eligible for  PGWP.

DLI looks like O 110111011101, and it is mentioned on an acceptance letter. The student also mentions this code on his Study Permit application to IRCC.

Before you choose any school, you need to pay attention and check whether or not your course is listed as eligible program for PGWP. Or else your college will make you ineligible for PGWP.

How do we check the PGWP offering status of a college/university? Here are the steps:

  1. Log on the IRCC (government) website:
  2. Plug in the key words ‘designated learning institution list’ on search toolbar on the top right side
  3. You will see the search results and the first link is your click
  4. At the bottom, you will see the caption, ‘View list by province or territory’ and a search box underneath
  5. Insert your province e.g. Ontario
  6. You will have the list of all colleges and universities located in the province of Ontario
  7. The last heading of the table reads ‘Offers PGWP – eligible program’
  8. If it reads ‘YES’, you are good to go ahead and if it reads ‘NO’, take your own decision

A wise student always researches all his study and other options rather than relying only on his representative. Make use of all the information available on the government website and take the informed decision before it gets too late.

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