You have 180 days from the day you receive your diploma or your transcripts, which ever is later, to apply for a “GRADUATE OPEN WORK PERMIT,” if you do not apply within 180 days you will NEVER be able to obtain it.
Within 180 days of the date of applying for the post-graduation work permit, applicants must also meet one of the following criteria:
- They hold a valid study permit.
- They held a study permit.
- They were authorized to study in Canada without the requirement to obtain a study permit under paragraphs 188(1)(a) and (b) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.