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How to Apply for the New Canadian Open Work Permit

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"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."
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Published on:  Aug 15, 2021
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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:

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. 

Step 3- Login into your IRCC account

You will need to open an account with the IRCC to apply online. You can use this account to submit your application and check the status of your application. Once you have opened your account, follow the instructions to apply:

  • Go to the “Start Your Application” section on the welcome page
  • Click on “Apply to Come to Canada”
  • Scroll down and click on the “I do not have a personal reference code” section
  • Click on the “Visitor Visa, Study and/or Work Permit” button
  • Select “Work permit”

Step 4- Get a document checklist

To get a personalized document checklist for your application, you will be required to answer a few questions. But first, it is important to remember that both temporary workers and international students must select “worker” for the question- “What is your current immigration status in Canada?” This is a temporary measure until the IRCC updates the application system.

You must select “I am applying for an open work permit under an active public policy or pilot program announced by the IRCC” when asked which scenario applies to your situation. Since you are exempt from paying the open work permit holder fee, you must select, “No, I am exempt from paying fees for the application,” when asked, “There are fees associated with this application. Will you be paying your fees or are you fee exempt?”

Step 5- Fill out the application

Once you have your personalized document checklist, you can use the IRCC’s instruction guideline to fill out the required forms to complete your application. One of the most common required forms include Form IMM 5710- Application to Change Conditions or Extend my Stay or Remain in Canada as a Worker.

There will be a section named “Details of Intended Work in Canada,” for that you must select “Open Work Permit.” After that, in Box 4, select “TRPR pathway PP OWP” under the Job title box. Next, in the “Brief description of duties” box, enter the name of the stream you are applying for.

Step 6- Submitting the correct documents

Primary applicants must include a copy of their application fee receipt, proof of their status at the time of application, proof of approved language tests, a copy of their passport, a digital photo, and a Family Information Form. Applicants may be required to submit additional documents including a medical examination result, a marriage or birth certificate for accompanying family members, etc.

Accompanying family members will have their document checklist. Among others, all accompanying applicants must submit a completed Form IMM 0008, the Generic Application form for Canada.

What Happens After Applying for the New Open Work Permit?

Once you have successfully submitted your application, it will go through a review process by an immigration officer. The officer will review your employer’s compliance history and your eligibility for a work permit. If the immigration officer determines that your application is incomplete, then it will be returned to you. However, if your application is successful, then the IRCC will mail your work permit to you at your given Canadian address. 

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