As per the IRCC (Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada) the open work permit pilot program extends till January 31, 2019, for sponsored spouses or common-law partners, who apply for the permanent residence in Canada.
The IRCC update conveys, while the applications are under processing, the extension of open work permit under the SCLPC grants the applicants to work and support their families along with contributing to the Canadian Economy.
Requirement in order to benefit from open work permit under the SCLPC:
- Holding a temporary resident visa (as a student, visitor or worker and living at the same address as the sponsor) by the common law partners or spouses (sponsored by the permanent Canadian citizens) currently residing in Canada, is a prerequisite to avail the benefit from the extension of open work permit.
- It’s the third time of extension for the open work permit pilot program, which was first introduced in the year 2014. As per the immigration priority of the Canadian Government, it reunites families in Canada, who happily live and work together.
How to avail an Open Work Permit in Canada for Spouses?
- The new applicants can apply for the open work permit under SCLPC along with an application for permanent residency in Canada.
- The applicants awaiting the permanent residency application processing, require to file separate application for the work permit.
- Work permit received by the individuals through the pilot program should be renewed before the expiry date, as per the information from IRCC.
Eligibility for Open Work Permit under SCLPC:
Application for the open work permit in Canada can be filed by the spouse, parents, dependent children or common-law partners, the business owners with a higher net worth or individuals with a management experience.
The application for the permanent residency in Canada can be filed by skilled workers and professionals.
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