The Government of Canada grants special work permits to foreign graduate immigrants. Applicants must meet the requirements of the Canadian Designated Learning to qualify. A PGWP is an open permit. This means that foreign graduate immigrants can work for any employer of their choice. Applicants do not necessarily need a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to apply. Most Canadian work permits require a recent LMIA for every candidate except PGWPs.
Successful PGWP immigrants immediately gain valuable Canadian work experience once they qualify for the permit. The immigration system perceives eligible graduates as early-bird professionals with some level of expertise. Qualifying for a post-graduate work permit is a crucial step in becoming a Canadian permanent resident. The pathway to becoming a resident of Canada becomes feasible with a PGWP.