A new open work permit option was announced by Marco Mendicino, the immigration minister of Canada. This is applicable to international graduates and essential workers in Canada who will now have a new pathway open to Canada PR.
Highlights of the new open work permit
- This pathway to Canada PR will be applicable from July 26, 2021.
- It will give temporary residents of Canada eligibility to have an open work permit while they wait for the authorities to decide on their visa application.
- This new pathway will take away the worry of an expiring temporary visa from those who applied for the new Canada immigration programs.
- They can apply for this new work permit if their ongoing study or work permit expires before IRCC gives its approval or denial.
- If a temporary resident doesn’t have this new work permit, that individual may need to leave Canada. This applies even if the person has already applied for a program that would give them the reason to continue in Canada.
- The work permits issued under the new policy will be valid till December 31, 2022.
- The new pathway for Canada PR is planned for 90,000 international graduates and essential workers.
Qualifying for the new open work permit
It’s necessary that the applicants show the following to prove their eligibility for the new PR pathway:
- That they have applied under one of the new Canada PR pathways
- That they hold a valid work permit that will expire within the next 4 months
- That they are in Canada when their open work permit application is submitted
- That they have met the requirements for language skills of the new stream which they applied under when their application was submitted
- That they were authorized to work when they submitted their application
- That they have
- maintained status,
- a temporary residence status, or
- eligibility for restoration of their status when their application for an open work permit is submitted
- That they were working in any occupation when their Canada PR application was submitted
Other facts about the new open work permit
- The new open work permit is available to the applicant’s
- common-law partner or spouse and
- dependent children aged over 18 years
- If you have applied for an extension of your work permit before your current one has expired, you could keep your status. Thus, you will be authorized to work with no permit, holding the same criteria as your original permit. This will be applicable while IRCC is working on processing a new permit.
- More information on the new open work permit will be available on IRCC’s website on July 26, 2021.
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