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Holding a temporary job after receiving your diploma

After you have graduated from your program of study, you could be authorized to hold a job under certain conditions. However, you must first obtain a work permit. For up-to-date information, consult the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.


To hold a job after your studies in Québec, you must:

  • have completed a program of study conferring a degree, diploma, or certificate
  • have studied full-time for at least eight months in a university, public college or publicly funded private college, or a recognized public or private vocational school 
  • have applied for a work permit within 180 days of your educational institution issuing your final grades
  • have had a valid study permit within those 180 days


You are not eligible for a post-graduation work permit if you:

  • have previously received a post-graduation work permit
  • were a student of English or French as a second language
  • were taking general interest or self-improvement courses
  • were studying as part of a Government of Canada scholarship program funded by Global Affairs Canada (GAC)
  • received funding from GAC
  • received a scholarship from the Equal Opportunities Scholarships Program, Canada–Chile
  • were a participant in the Canada–China Scholars Exchanges Program
  • were a participant in the Organization of American States Fellowships Program
  • completed the majority of your program by distance learning (online, e-learning, or correspondence courses)
  • were a student in a program at a non-Canadian institution located in Canada


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If you have met all the required conditions, you may apply for a work permit to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). At this step, fees will be charged.

You could then be issued an open work permit for a maximum of three years. The duration of post-graduation work permits however depends on study program length:  

Duration of program of study
Maximum duration of work permit
Less than 8 months
You are not eligible for this program
8 months or more but less than 2 years
Same duration as that of program of study
2 years or more
Three years

If you’re interested in staying on in Québec after that, you need to act before your post-graduation work permit expires. One possibility is called PEQ (Programme d’expérience québécoise, or Québec experience program), which can get you a CSQ (Certificat de sélection du Québec), qualifying you for permanent residence.

You should also know that employers may be exempted from Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) requirements when they hire certain CSQ holders, such as international students with post-graduation work permits. For more information, consult the page on work permit renewals and extensions.

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