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Study Outside Canada and Still Be Eligible for the PGWP Program!

Have you ever wondered if you could acquire a PGWP eligible program at a Canadian college or university without having to fly to the country just yet?

The recent update made by the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) last November 26 this year just made it possible for students to study outside Canada and count it toward the length of a PGWP.

So, if you’re one of those students who wish to start your studies in your homeland without losing the probability of getting a PGWP, the online study program is perfect for you!

What is a PGWP?

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The Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Program is an opportunity for students to gain Canadian work experience after finishing an eligible program from a designated learning institution (DLI). The Canadian Experience Class allows students who applied for a PGWP to qualify for Permanent Residency (PR) and then Citizenship.

The student visa to PR pathway via the PGWP program is the most efficient method in ensuring your residency status as long as you finish your degree successfully and find a job that offers related experience.

If you already have a school in mind and would like to check if the institution is on the list, you can view that here. But, if you prefer to be assisted by Fil-Global, you can be sure that all our partnered institutions are approved by the Canadian provincial or territorial government.

How to Be Eligible for a PGWP Program?

For you to qualify, you need to enroll in an eligible course offered by a DLI listed college or university. Doing so will allow you to apply for the PGWP program after finishing your studies.

PGWP Eligible Courses

Each school has unique programs. However, you’ll find that most of the PGWP eligible courses that may allow you to study outside Canada are Masters and Diploma levels. Here are some schools and areas of studies worth looking at:



This business and tech-oriented program offers various specializations and is proven to have an impressive track record when it comes to graduate employability rates. Scholarship grants are being offered and the school is one of its active participants in its Fly Now Pay Later (FNPL) promotion. Contact us if you would like to know more about the school and this course.



This school is a learning haven for tech and software enthusiasts. It offers a program that opens the window to a promising career in the field of IT!

If your credentials show that you are qualified to advance, you can benefit from direct admission into semester 3! If you dream to live in a city with a thriving tech sector, Centennial College is the place to be.



If you yearn for a solid understanding of current accounting practices and the ability to use the latest accounting software, this program will put your accounting knowledge and skills into practice. Give yourself the competitive edge by taking this program!

How Long Is a Post-Graduation Work Permit Valid?

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A Post-Graduation Work Permit can be either be 8 months to 2 years, 2 years or more, but not greater than 3 years. The length depends on the study period.

You cannot be eligible for the PGWP program if your study period is 8 months or less. But, you can take a combination program that is both PGWP eligible, with a duration of at least 8 months for each.

How Long Can You Do Outside Canada Studies?

If you have already been studying outside Canada since spring 2020, you can safely count that toward the length of the PGWP. If you’re still planning to start your Canadian studies, enroll for the January 2022 intake, study outside Canada online until August 31, 2022, and still count that toward the length of the PGWP.

Flexible programs can be delivered through hybrid learning. A few semesters can be taken online while the rest require the physical presence of the student. However, there are also pure online programs that might affect your PGWP eligibility.

If you intend to study outside Canada only for a few months to avoid losing the validity of your PGWP, plan your studies well, talk to our approachable Fil-Global advisers and secure your goals.

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