New Open Work Permit for Recent PR Applicants (Essential Workers and International Student Graduates Currently in Canada)

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Earlier on May 6, 2021, , Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) has officially launched a new pathway to permanent residence for eligible essential workers and international graduates from a Canadian institution.

Today, The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of , Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced that, beginning July 26, 2021, individuals who have applied for this recently opened pathway to permanent residence will be eligible for an open work permit while awaiting the results of their application.

To qualify for this one-time open work permit, the applicants must show that they

  • have successfully submitted an application under one of the new permanent residence pathway’s streams
  • held a valid work permit, or were authorized to work without a work permit, at the time their permanent residence application was submitted
  • hold a valid work permit that is set to expire within the next 4 months
  • have temporary resident status, maintained status or are eligible to restore their status at the time their open work permit application is submitted
  • are in Canada at the time their open work permit application is submitted
  • were employed in any occupation at the time their permanent residence application was submitted
  • meet the language requirements of the stream under which they applied at the time their permanent residence application was submitted

Applications for the new open work permit will be submitted online. Further details will be available on IRCC’s website on July 26, 2021.

* Information in this update is taken from IRCC’s news release on July 15, 2021.

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