Be A World-Class Boss
Graduates need that 'all important' first job in their program of study.
International graduates are not different, in this regard. The Canadian
government* acknowledges this and grants international graduates an
opportunity to experience the Canadian work environment. The opportunities
are a win-win situation for both parties. For the international graduate,
it is to gain practical knowledge and skills from Canadian experts and for
Canadian employers it is an opportunity to acquire a better understanding
of business practices in other countries and hopefully make connections
for future business and trading partners.
A quote from the CIC website: " Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC)
recognizes the importance of foreign students and graduates to the
academic and cultural communities as well as to the Canadian economy."
What Are The Rules?
An international graduate who has studied in Canada for one academic year
or more, is eligible to work in Canada, in a program-related job.
A work permit under the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program
cannot be valid for longer than the student’s study program. For
example, if the international graduate successfully completed a
four-year degree program, the international graduate is eligible
for a three-year work permit if he/she meets the criteria. If
the international graduate successfully completed an eight-month
undergraduate or post graduate certificate program, he/she would
be eligible for a work permit that is valid for eight months.
How To Do It
If you make a decision to hire an international graduate, good for you!
Please check the Service Canada website at:
The international graduate will take your letter of intent to hire and forward
it to Citizenship & Immigration Canada (CIC) requesting to change his or
her status from a 'Canadian Study Permit' to a 'Canadian Work Permit'.
Once the graduate has his/her status changed, he/she is free to be
employed at your company.
*For further information on this process, please contact the Citizenship
and Immigration Canada website: