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I am an international student. Can I go home now?

Each international student has a unique situation. Please contact your International Student Advisor on your campus to discuss your circumstance: Brockville -  Jammie Bannon, JBannon@sl.on.ca Cornwall - Francine Desnoyers, FDesnoyers@sl.on.ca Kingston - Carolina Palmer, CPalmer@sl.on.ca or Laura Caldwell, LCaldwell@sl.on.ca

I am an international student in my last semester and will be applying for my post graduate work permit. Will this process change?

No, the process of you applying for your work permit is unchanged. Please contact your International Student Advisor for details on the documents you will need to apply.

If international students are done with our assignments, placements, quizzes before April 17th, can we accelerate the work permit process?

No. The term ends on April 17 and your official marks and letter of completion will not be available until the end of the term. Students should be following the lesson delivery plan indicated by their professor(s).

Are international students still only allowed to work 20 hours per week?

Yes, you are in Canada on a student visa. The terms of that visa are that as a full-time student, you can work up to 20 hours a week. That rule has not changed.

I am an international student completing a program this April at St. Lawrence College and I would like to apply to another program at SLC. What is the process?

Please contact the International Admissions office by emailing them at international@sl.on.ca

I am an international student and will be completing my program at the end of the winter semester. How do I get a Confirmation of Program Completion to submit to Citizenship and Immigration Canada with my application for a post-graduate work permit?

All international graduates will be emailed a Confirmation of Program Completion to their SLC email address as soon as the final grades are submitted and processing of their graduation is completed.

What information do I need to know about Post-Graduation Work Permits? 

* This information is only for students who are graduating at the end of this semester, and will be
applying for their Post-Graduation Work Permit. If you are finishing a program, and enrolling in another program, you will apply to the PGWP after you finish your final program.*


Preparing Your Documents for the PGWP application

All you need to apply for a PGWP is:
- an official letter from your school that confirms you’ve completed your study program
- (Confirmation of Program Completion Letter), and
- an official transcript, or a copy of your transcript from your school’s website.

Steps to get required documents:

Step 1: You must ensure have “Applied to Graduate” in the SLC.me portal. If you have not done this already, please do that right away. This step must be completed for our system to issue documentation to you.

Step 2: Visit the SLC.me portal and print an unofficial copy of your transcript. Please double check that all your grades have been posted on the transcript before using it in your application. The college will not be issuing physical copies at this time.

Step 3: You will receive your Confirmation of Program Completion Letter by the middle of June, at the latest. An electronic copy will be emailed your SLC student email. This will be sent to you automatically if you have “Applied to Graduate”.

NOTE: If your study permit expires within three weeks after you complete your last day of your program, we will process it urgently. Please email your International Student Advisor with your SLC ID#, and a copy of your study permit that clearly shows the expiry date. This is only for students who have study permits expiring right away.

If you are planning to apply for the PGWP, please read the Frequently Asked Questions below that will help you while you prepare to submit your application.

All information below is taken directly from the Immigration, Refugees, & Citizenship Canada
(IRCC) website.

What is a post-graduation work permit?

The post-graduation work permit allows students who have graduated from a participating Canadian postsecondary institution to gain valuable Canadian work experience.

Note: Work obtained through the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program may help support your application to become a permanent resident of Canada.

How do I apply for a post-graduation work permit?

How you can apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) depends on where you’re applying from.
Most people must apply online for their PGWP. Find out how you can apply for your PGWP. Make sure you’re eligible for a PGWP before you apply. You have 180 days after your school issues your final marks to apply for a PGWP.

When you apply, make sure you pay the Open work permit holder fee and the standard work permit fee.

If your study permit has expired

You must 
- submit your PGWP application within 90 days of losing your status and pay both fees (open work permit fee and standard work permit fee)
- restoring your status as a student has a fee of $350. Due to system limitations applicants must pay the fees to restore their status as a student online and attach a copy of the receipt to their PGWP online application. You do not need to make a separate application to restore
your status as a student.
- keep meeting the requirements for your stay
- meet all the remaining conditions listed on your permit

Can I work while I am waiting to receive my postgraduation work permit?

You can work full-time while waiting for a decision on your post-graduation work permit application if, at the time you submitted your application, you:

- had a valid study permit, 
- had completed your program of study,
- were eligible to work off-campus without a permit, and
- did not work off-campus more than 20 hours a week during academic sessions.

Can I apply for a job before I get my post-graduation work permit?

Yes, but only if you:

- were a full-time student at a designated learning institution (DLI) in a post-secondary
- academic, vocational or professional training program,
- already completed your program of study, and
- didn't exceed the number of hours you could work on and off campus.
If we refuse your post-graduation work permit, you must stop working immediately.

Can I apply for a post-graduation work permit before I get my diploma?

You don’t have to wait until you physically receive your diploma or attend your graduation ceremony to apply for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP).

All you need to apply for a PGWP is

- an official letter from your school that confirms you’ve completed your study program, and
- an official transcript, or a copy of your transcript from your school’s website.

You have 180 days after your school issues your final marks to apply for a post-graduation work permit. To be eligible for a PGWP, your study permit must have been valid at some point during these 180 days.

When your study permit expires

Your study permit will expire on the date marked on the permit or 90 days after the day you complete your studies, whichever comes first.

If your study permit expires, you must either:

- restore your status as a student when you apply for a PGWP, or
- leave Canada and apply for a PGWP from outside Canada

For more PGWP information, please refer to the following links:

- Post Graduate Work Permit-Application Info
- Frequently Asked Questions