Canada’s Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino has announced that international graduates and essential workers will be eligible for a new open work permit, beginning July 26, 2021.
Temporary residents in the country who applied for the recently-opened pathway to permanent residence may apply for an open work permit option while waiting for the results of their application. The programs that this open work permit will apply to include Stream A for healthcare workers (20,000 applications), Stream B for essential non-health care workers (30,000 applications - Full, international graduates (40,000 applications - Full), Stream A for French-speaking healthcare workers (no cap), French-speaking international graduates (no cap) and Stream B for French-speaking essential non-health care workers (no cap).
This will be a relief for those who applied for the new pathway as they will not have to worry about their temporary status expiring anymore. So, they may apply for this new work permit if their current study or work permit expires before IRCC responds to their application.
Due to previous technicalities in Canadian policy, immigration applications were not able to apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP), as those with soon-to-expire documents, also known as Express Entry applicants can.
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While Express Entry is a permanent program, the new pathway programs are not.
If temporary residents, without this any open work permit, might have to leave Canada, even after having applied to extend their work permit under existing programs.
The work permits issued under the new policy will remain valid until December 31, 2022.
Mendocino, in a news release, said that the new path to permanent residence would help 90,000 essential workers and international students. This new open work permit is to acknowledge those who have been playing crucial roles throughout he COVID-19 pandemic with their service.
The new permit will fill in some gaps in letting people stay in Canada. It would further help international student graduates in Canada who have applied or will apply for a new Post-Graduate Work Permit (PGWP) which is set to close on July 27 this year. The new one-time work permit option, which will be open to applications until November 5, will cater to the new applicants.
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Eligibility for the New Open Work Permit in Canada
Only those who fulfil the following eligibility criteria will be able to apply for the new open work permit in Canada:
Must be authorised to work at the time of application.
Must have applied under one of the newly-launched permanent residence pathways.
Must have a valid work permit about to expire within the next four months.
Must satisfy the language requirements of the stream under which they applied at the time of application.
Must have temporary residence status, maintained status or should be able to restore their status while submitting their application.
Must be in Canada at the time of application.
Must be employed at their time of submission of their permanent residence application.
How to Apply for the New Open Work Permit in Canada?
Applications for the new open work permit must be submitted online ONLY and not at a port of entry. In case a student cannot apply online due to disability or poor internet connection, IRCC also offers an option to take paper applications.
To apply online, a scanner or camera will be required along with a debit or credit card to pay the fees.
A work permit extension fee of $155 should be paid on the government website. Given that applicants are exempt from paying the $100 open work permit fee, they have to pay before applying online.
Log in to IRCC account, submit the application form and check the status. After signing in "Start your application, then "Apply to come to Canada, scroll down to "I do not have a personal reference code setion and click on "visitor visa, study and/or work permit". Lastly, select "work".
Answer the required questions and get a personalised document checklist.
Fill in the forms.
Upload all the required documents.
After successful application, the application will be reviewed by an immigration officer.
Applicants with spouse/common-law partner and dependent children aged 18 years or older may also be eligible for this new permit provided they are in Canada.
Source: CIC News