Updated: Jul 21
Immigrants who have applied for the recently opened pathway to permanent residence now have the chance to apply for an open work permit while they await their application results.
The pathway to permanent residence has been opened up to immigrants who have recently graduated from a recognized Canadian institution and essential workers. This new program will make it possible for applicants who have work permits that are about to expire (within four months) to apply for the newly introduced open work permit.
This new program will be accepting applications July 26, 2021. In order to be eligible for the program, potential applicants must:
· Have submitted an application under one of the new permanent residence pathway’s streams
· Held a valid work permit, or have been authorized previously to work without a permit, at the time their permanent residence application was received
· Hold a valid work permit that is about to expire in the next four months
· Have temporary resident status, maintained status or be eligible to restore status at the time that their open work permit application is submitted
· Reside in Canada at the time their open work permit application is submitted
· Were employed in any occupation at the time their permanent residence application was submitted
· Meet the language requirements of the stream under which they applied at the time their permanent residence application was submitted
Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship says the program will take on 90,000 international graduates and essential workers, which he says is a “major step forward.”
An applicant’s spouse, common law partner, and dependent children 18 and older may also apply for the open work permit under the new policy if they also reside in Canada.
Applications can be submitted online and will remain valid until December 31, 2022. For more information, see the Government of Canada’s website.