The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has released new instructions on how temporary residents can apply for an open work permit provided they have applied for one of the recent permanent residence pathways.
Which Temporary to Permanent Residence Programs Does the New Open Work Permit Apply to?
The IRCC launched 6 new immigration pathways on May 6, 2021, for temporary foreign workers in healthcare and essential non-healthcare occupations and international graduates:
- PR Pathways for Temporary Workers in Healthcare: 20,000 applications
- PR Pathways for Temporary Workers in Essential Non-Healthcare: 30,000 applications
- PR Pathway for Temporary Workers in French-Speaking Healthcare Workers: No visa cap
- PR Pathway for Temporary Workers in French-Speaking Essential Non-Healthcare: No visa cap
- PR Pathway for International Graduates: 40,000 applications
- PR Pathway for French-Speaking International Graduates: No visa cap
Applicants to the above-mentioned programs must already have status as a temporary resident in Canada such as a Work Permit or a Study Permit. This new work permit will be available to applicants who have up to 4 months of validity left on their current visa. Applicants can apply even if they are on maintained status or eligible to restore their status. It is very much like the Bridging Open Work Permit issued to Inland Spousal Sponsorship applicants.
These new open work permits will be valid until December 31, 2021. Accompanying family members of the primary applicant, including their spouse and dependent children over the age of 18 may also apply for this work permit.
How to Apply for the New Open Work Permit?
You can only apply for this work permit online. If due to a disability or lack of internet connection, you are unable to apply electronically, the IRCC will allow you to submit a paper-based application.
You can use the following steps to apply for this open work permit:
Step 1- Gather all documents
If you are applying online, you will require a scanner or a camera. You must also have your debit or credit card ready to pay the application fee. If you want to access the IRCC’s instruction guide to fill out your application, you must download Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer.
Step 2- Pay the required fee
You will be required to pay $155 as a work permit extension fee to the IRCC. You must pay this on the government website before applying online.