Open work permits also available to applicant’s family members living in Canada
Applicants approved for Canadian permanent residence under Interim Pathway for Caregivers can now apply for an open work permit.
Under an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) program update issued on March 21, Interim Pathway for Caregivers candidates can now submit an open work permit application along with their application for permanent residence.
However, IRCC states that processing of the open work permit application will only commence once applicants pass IRCC’s eligibility test for the pathway.
To be eligible for an open work permit under Interim Pathway for Caregivers, the applicant must:
- Be present in Canada at the time of application and intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec;
- be one of the following at the time of application:
- authorized to work in Canada with a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit; or
- authorized to work without a work permit in case they have applied for a renewal of a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit; or
- eligible for restoration of status, have applied for restoration and have held a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit as his/her most recent work permit.
- be the primary applicant on permanent residence application under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers; and
- have received a positive eligibility assessment of their paper application for permanent residence, or APR, under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers.
Open work permit for spouses, common-law partners and dependents
Open work permits are also available to eligible Interim Pathway applicants’ family members. However, family members need to be residing in Canada and in status, on implied status or be eligible for restoration of status.
While submitting their application, applicants and their family members are still need to pay the work permit processing fee of $155, nevertheless, they are exempt from the requirement to pay the open work permit holder fee of $100.
Canada opened the temporary program on March 4 to in-home temporary foreign worker caregivers who came to work in Canada under the Caring for Children or Caring for People programs after November 30, 2014.
The pathway will remain open for applications until June 4, 2019.