TR to PR Applicants will get Open Work Permit
Today's announcement made by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, was a sigh of relief for many applicants who had recently submitted their applications under IRCC's TR to PR Pathway Policy
As per the announcement, beginning July 26, 2021, the applicants who have their work permits expiring within 4 months but have applied under the TR to PR Pathway Policy will be eligible for an open work permit while they await for the results of their applications. These one time Open Work Permits will be valid till December 31, 2022
In the announcement the Minister said:
Many whose status is set to expire are able to extend their work permit under existing programs, or receive a new permit under one of the temporary measures put in place as a result of the pandemic, such as the public policy for post-graduation work permit holders.
We recognize the potential disruption and uncertainty for applicants who have an expiring work permit, and have been working to ensure that those who don’t qualify for existing measures won’t lose their temporary status and work authorization.
In order to qualify for this new work permit, the applicants must:
Must 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
In addition, the applicant's spouse or common-law partner and dependent children 18 years or older, if in Canada, may also be eligible to apply for an open work permit under this policy.
IRCC will soon release the details regarding how these applications will be submitted in coming weeks.