Post-Graduation Work Permits: Supporting International Students in Maintaining Eligibility



This webinar is approved for 1 hour of CPD by ICCRC.

Many international students choose Canada for their post-secondary education because it offers off-campus work opportunities during studies and after graduation. Not knowing the regulations around eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program can prevent some students from realizing their immigration goals in Canada.

This webinar will provide an overview of the Post-Graduation Work Permit program, go over recent updates and its eligibility requirements, and suggest approaches that international student advisors can take to help their students maintain eligibility throughout their studies. The presenters will review common student scenarios faced by international student advisors, discuss challenges associated with these types of applications and how advisors can help students navigate them.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  • Explain options for completing an application for a Post-Graduation Work Permit from inside or outside of Canada;
  • Support an international student to maintain eligibility for the Post-Graduation Work Permit; and
  • Problem-solve with students who may been refused their PGWP, or are no longer eligible.

About the Presenters

Imarú Baquero, RISIA, University of Lethbridge

Imarú Baquero currently works as the Manager, International Student Services at the University of Lethbridge. Imarú is a Regulated International Student Immigration Advisor since 2017 and has worked in international education for the past eight years, in both college and university environments. Her responsibilities have included international strategic planning, international student support and advising, education abroad, partnership development, and international student enrolment management.

Brianna Huene, RCIC, University of Calgary

Brianna has been a member of the Canadian Association of Professional Immigration Consultants (CAPIC) since 2015. She has been involved in international education for the past 8 years, from studying abroad at Sciences Po in Paris, to advising students on group study abroad programming, to working with international students as both an advisor and coordinator of support programming. In addition to her current role providing immigration support to international students, Brianna’s initiatives led to the implementation of University-wide policies to address the specific needs of visiting student researchers, organized international student orientations, provided supervision to student staff and volunteers, and is currently working on collaborative projects to increase awareness of support services available to international students.