The pilot program, Open Work Permit Pilot, designed for common-law partners and spouses who reside in Canada and are applying to be Permanent Residents of the country has been once again extended for the fourth time since its commencement in 2014.
According to the IRCC, the programs expiry date has been shifted from 31st January 2019 to 31st July 2020.
Eligible spouses and common law partners residing in Canada that are being sponsored by Permanent Canadian residents or citizens under the Spouse or Common- Law Partner in Canada Class (SCLPC) are permitted by the pilot to request for an open work permit.
An open work permit is not dependent on a particular employer or job. Only those that have the needed medical clearance can gain employment in the departments of healthcare and childcare.
To qualify, in addition to other requirements, they must reside in the same place as their sponsor and possess cogent temporary resident status as a worker, student or a visitor.
How to Get the Open Work Permit
Those applying through the Open Work Permit Pilot are free to submit alongside an application for permanent residence, a work permit application, and a sponsorship application.
Individuals that had submitted the permanent residence application but had not yet gotten a work permit could submit, separately, a work permit application.
Applicants that had gotten a letter from IRCC indicating they meet the eligibility requirement can apply online for an open work permit.
Before their present permit expires, IRCC declares that those with a work permit gotten through the pilot program have to apply for the extension of their work permit.
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