Can I combine study at different colleges to get a 3-year Post-Graduation Work Permit?

The Question

I attended several different colleges. Will I be eligible for a three-year Post-Graduation Work Permit? Here’s my record:

  • January of 2016 to December of 2016, I attended a public college.
  • January of 2017 to December of 2017 I was in a private college.
  • January of 2018 to August of 2018 i am studying in a public college.


Polestar's response

You haven’t told us if you are getting a degree or a diploma, if these study periods were all part of one degree, if you took any time off or if you are inside or outside Quebec. We can’t get you specific legal advice based on this information. But we can tell you the rules!

You can’t combine study time in a private college with study time in a public college for the purposes of qualifying for a Post-Graduation Work Permit. However, if a student transfers credits from one public institution to a second public institution as part of one unified diploma or degree, then study time at both institutions will count toward the Post-Graduation Work Permit.

It’s important to remember that a student must be enrolled full-time without any breaks to qualify for the Post-Graduation Work Permit.

See our page here to learn more about the rules for the Post-Graduation Work Permit.

Answered by Kelly Toughill, RCIC on January 7, 2018 Kelly Toughill, RCIC

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