What Next After Studying in Canada: More PGWP Visas Issued and Increase in Earnings

After Studying in Canada

A new study by Statistics Canada throws light into the success of retaining international student graduates through PGWP visas. A Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) promptly addresses the concerns of international student graduates about what next after studying in Canada.


PGWP allows Canada to retain international talent in return for the possibility of obtaining an open work permit to stay and work in Canada. This open work permit could end up in permanent residence status in a matter of years’ time. Those with college and master’s level programs had the highest success rate in becoming permanent residents.

It is statistically observed that close to three-quarters of all PGWP holders transitioned to permanent residence within five years of obtaining their PGWP.

According to the study, the number of PGWP holders who reported income in this time grew more than 13 times in size from 10,300 in 2008 to 135,100 in 2018.

The new study highlighted that the median annual earnings received by PGWP holders in this period have increased from $14,500 in 2008 to $26,800 in 2018, adjusted to reflect the difference in dollar value over the decade.

From 2008 to 2018, growth in earnings was highest among PGWP visas employed in Newfoundland and Labrador, followed by Quebec, and New Brunswick. Earnings were highest for PGWP visas employed in mining and oil and gas extraction, utilities, accommodation and food services, retail trade, real estate and rental and leasing, as well as educational services.

Qualifying for Canada Student Visa After a Long Study Gap 

The new study has once again reaffirmed CanApprove’s claim of accommodative policies towards immigrants in Canada. At this point, CanApprove would like to present its readers with some unique and recent case studies.

Mr. Biju Baskaran wanted to study Construction Project Management in Canada and had already got into May intake for the year 2020. However, the pandemic evolved and soon his dreams shattered. He faced not only one but two rejections until last month. CanApprove approached his application with utmost caution and fulfilled relevant gaps making it more appealing to the immigration authorities. For the hard work put in by our documentation team, Mr. Biju got his Canada student visa approved applying for the third time! View his full testimonial here on YouTube.

Ms. Alaina Ahmad is now excited to start her journey at University Canada West in British Columbia after facing one rejection when applied through self. Watch her speak about how this study abroad consultant in Dubai helped her realize her dream.

Similarly, Mr. Sudheesh approached CanApprove in hope of fulfilling his study abroad dream. Even though he had a study gap of over 10 years, he was determined to apply for Canada student visa. Our documentation team made the best possible case for him to make his application present strong. We are glad to announce that he has successfully completed his Post-graduation management course in Business Management from a college in Saskatchewan province. View his full testimonial here on YouTube.

Statistics Canada finds international students to favour Ontario, followed by Quebec, British Columbia, Newfoundland and Labrador, and New Brunswick after graduation to work and settle in Canada via PGWP.

What Next After Studying in Canada?

Canada is historically built on the success of immigrants in the country. With advancements in education standards and infrastructure in the country, Canada is able to attract & retain International students to benefit out of their relatively young age, their Canadian credentials, their proficiency in English or French, and in some cases, their Canadian work experience.

Permanent Residence Options to Stay in Canada After PGWP visas expire:

  • Express Entry
  • Provincial Nominee Program
  • Atlantic Immigration Pilot
  • Quebec Immigration
  • Family Sponsorship

Temporary Residence Options to Stay in Canada After PWGP visas expire:

  • Work permits: LMIAs and trade agreements

During the period of their study course, student immigrants would have integrated well into their local communities and built social networks for themselves. This becomes an excellent ground to consider granting them permanent residency via PGWP and Canada Experience pathway.

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