In a recent announcement by Immigration Minister Sean Fraser, a new temporary public policy was introduced, offering an open work permit to spousal and family class applicants. This policy aims to facilitate family reunification and provide greater opportunities for foreign nationals in Canada. In this article, we will explore the eligibility criteria for the open work permit and the application process. Let’s dive in.
The new public policy, signed by Sean Fraser, focuses on granting open work permits to foreign nationals applying under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class or the Family Class, including family members with valid temporary resident status. To be eligible for the open work permit, applicants must meet the following criteria:
The foreign national is:
The foreign national is:
Once you have received an Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR) for your permanent residence application under the spousal or family class, eligible spouses and dependent children will need to apply online for an open work permit. Here’s a step-by-step guide to the application process:
It is important to note that the above information should not be confused with the 18-month spousal open work permit extension, which was also announced recently. Spousal open work permit holders eligible for an 18-month extension are expected to receive an automatic extension option in their online IRCC secure account. However, they may still need to apply for an open work permit under the new temporary public policy.
In the context of Canada family sponsorship applications, a dependent child is defined as:
As the implementation date of the new 18-month open work permit extension approaches on June 7, more clarity regarding the application process and requirements is expected to be provided.
This new temporary public policy opens up opportunities for spousal and family class applicants
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