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Canada Offers Open Work Permit to Applicants to the New PR Pathways

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"The Canadian Immigration Minister, Marco Medicino announced recently that the applicants to the 6 new pathways will be eligible to apply for an open work permit while waiting for the result of their application."
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Published on:  Aug 4, 2021
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The Canadian Immigration Minister, Marco Medicino announced recently that the applicants to the 6 new pathways: 

will be eligible to apply for an open work permit while waiting for the result of their application. 

These new PR pathways were launched on May 6, 2021, for temporary foreign workers in essential occupations and international graduates from designated Canadian institutions. Applicants are required to be employed in Canada at the time of application and must maintain their status as temporary residents until their application for permanent residence is processed. 

What Happens If Your Work Permit Expires While Your Application is Being Processed?

Many of the applications to the new PR pathways can extend their temporary work permit under their existing visa category. Many will be able to apply for a new one under the temporary measures put in place due to the ongoing pandemic. This includes international graduates with a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). As per the recent announcement by the Canadian immigration minister, applicants to the new PR pathways will be eligible to apply for an open work permit to maintain their status and receive work authorization.

What Are the Requirements for the New Open Work Permit?

Applicants will be required to meet the following eligibility requirements to obtain this new open work permit:

  • Be an applicant to one of the new PR Pathways for temporary foreign workers or international graduates

  • Have a valid work permit or be eligible to work without a work permit at the time of application

  • Have a work permit that does not expire for at least 4 months

  • Have status as a temporary resident, maintained status, or be eligible to apply for restoration of your status at the time of application

  • At the time of submitting your permanent residence application, you must be employed in Canada

  • Demonstrate language proficiency for your permanent residence application

Further information on how to submit your application for the new work permit online will be updated on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website on Jul 26, 2021. The open work permits issued for applicants to the new PR pathways will be valid until Dec 31, 2021.

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