IRCC announced that beginning July 26, individuals who applied for the recently opened pathway for permanent residency will be eligible for an open work permit while awaiting the results of the application.

There was a new pathway to permanent residence that was opened on May 6, 2021. This new pathway applied to international students who graduated from a Canadian institution, health care workers, and those in other designated essential occupations. Individuals must be working in Canada at the time of application for qualifying for the pathway. They must also maintain their temporary resident status until a final decision has been made on the application for permanent residence.

Below are the criteria to qualify for this temporary one-time open work permit:

  • Successfully apply under one of the new pathway streams for permanent residence
  • Hold a valid work permit, or authorization to work without a work permit at the time of permanent residence application submission
  • Hold a valid work permit that is set to expire within the next 4 months
  • Have a temporary resident status, maintained status, or are eligible to restore their status at the time their open work permit application is submitted
  • Present in Canada at the time of submission of their open work permit application
  • Were employed in any occupation at the time of submission of their open work permit application
  • Meet the language requirements of the stream under which they applied at the time their permanent residence application was submitted

Things to know:

  • An applicant’s spouse or common-law partner and dependent children 18 years or older may also be eligible to apply for an open work permit under this policy if they are also in Canada.
  • Applications should be submitted online for the new work permit. Additional details on how to apply will be provided by the IRCC website on July 26, 2021.
  • The open work permits issued under this policy will be valid till December 31, 2022.

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