Effective July 26, 2021, essential workers and international graduates who applied for the new pathway to permanent residency may now obtain an open work permit while awaiting the results of their application. Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Marco E. L. Mendicino revealed this news on July 15, 2021. Click here for the news release.
“Our new path to permanent residence for 90,000 essential workers and international graduates is a major step forward—the size, speed, and scope of which is unprecedented. This new open work permit ensures that those who have been playing critical roles throughout the pandemic can continue their extraordinary service. Our message to them is simple: your status may be temporary, but your contributions are lasting—and we want you to stay.”
– The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship
This announcement means that those who applied for the new programs will not have to worry about the expiry of their temporary status.
To qualify for this one-time open work permit, the applicants must show that they
- have successfully applied to one of the new permanent residence pathway’s streams
- held a valid work permit, or were authorized to work without a work permit at the time their permanent residence application was submitted
- hold a valid work permit that is set to expire within the next 4 months
- have temporary resident status, maintained status, or are eligible to restore their status at the time their open work permit application is submitted
- are 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
The new pathways will be open to applications until November 5, 2021. Work permits issued under this new policy will be valid until December 31, 2022.
As long as they are also already in Canada, the open work permit is also available for an applicant’s spouse, common-law partner, and dependent children over the age of 18.
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