New open work permit available for recent applicants for permanent residence


OTTAWA, ON, July 15, 2021 / CNW / – The Honorable Marco EL Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship announced today that as of July 26, 2021, people who have applied for the recently opened route to permanent residence will be eligible for an open work permit pending the outcome of their application.

The path to permanent residence has been open to international students graduating from a Canadian institution, health care workers and those in other essential occupations designated on the May 6, 2021. To qualify for the route, individuals must legally work in Canada at the time of their application and retain their temporary resident status until a decision is made on their application for permanent residence.

Many whose status is about to expire may extend their work permits 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 on post-graduation work permits. holders.

We recognize the potential disruption and uncertainty for applicants with expiring work permits and strive to ensure that those who are not eligible for existing measures do not lose their temporary status and work authorization.

To benefit from this unique open work permit, applicants must prove that they

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


“Our new path to permanent residence for 90,000 essential workers and international graduates is a big step forward – unprecedented in size, speed and reach. This new open work permit ensures that those who have played roles Essentials throughout the pandemic can continue their extraordinary service. Our message to them is simple: your status may be temporary, but your contributions are lasting and we want you to stay. “

– The Honorable Marco EL Mendicino, PC, MP, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Fast facts:

  • An applicant’s spouse or common-law partner and dependent children 18 years of age or older may also be eligible to apply for an open work permit under this policy, if they are also in Canada.
  • Applications for a new work permit must be submitted online. Further details on how to apply will be added to the IRCC website at July 26, 2021.
  • Work permits issued under this policy will be valid until December 31, 2022.
  • Those who applied for the extension of their work permit before the expiration of their current permit may retain their status and be allowed to work without a permit under the same conditions as the original while the new permit is being processed.

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SOURCE Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

For further information: Media contacts only: Alex Cohen, Minister’s Office, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 613-954-1064; Media Relations: Communications Branch, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, 613-952-1650, [email protected]

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