Open Work Permit for Spouses and common-law partners living in Canada

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Canada launches pilot program for spouses waiting for permanent residency

December 22, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada launched a one-year pilot program to issue open work permits for eligible spouses or common-law partners who are applying for permanent residency from inside Canada, before the decision on their PR application is made.

Applicants who have already submitted an inside Canada spousal sponsorship application can now submit an open work permit application to CIC. New inside Canada spousal sponsorship applicants can submit their open work permit application along with their PR application package to CIC’s case processing centre in Mississauga. A standard medical exam will be required for the Work Permit Application.

Before this pilot program, Canada’s Open Work Permit only issues to Spousal Sponsorship Applicant from outside Canada. Open Work Permit for Spouses and common-law partners living in Canada allows applicants to work for any employer for a specified period of time while their permanent residence applications are processed. The open work permit would also allow the applicants to receive provincial health coverage while waiting for the decision on their permanent residence applications.

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