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BREAKING: H-1B Visa Holders Can Now Apply for Canada's Open Work Permit

June 27, 2023, Canada's Immigration Minister, Sean Fraser, announced a temporary measure that allows H-1B visa holders to apply for an open work permit in Canada, and on Sunday, July 16th, 2023, the visa launched!

This policy aims to enhance labor mobility in North America and presents an excellent opportunity for highly skilled workers and their families to explore new horizons in Canada.

Essential details of Canada's just launched H -1B visa

The H-1B visa is an employment-based, nonimmigrant visa that allows US companies to hire graduate-level workers in fields like finance, IT, architecture, engineering, and medicine. The visa is available to individuals with a bachelor’s degree or higher in a relevant field. The application process is employer-sponsored, with a limited number of visas available each year.

According to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), this provision will remain in effect for a duration of one year or until the limit of 10,000 applicants, excluding family members, has been met.

How to Apply?

To apply for the open work permit, follow these steps:

  • Gather the necessary documents:

A copy of your current H-1B visa

Form I-797/I797B, Notice of Action, confirming your H-1B application approval

Proof of residence in the US, such as Form I-94, a recent utility bill, income tax report, or any other document verifying your US residence.

  • Check if you need a medical exam: In most cases, a medical exam is not required for this permit.

  • Apply online through the IRCC Portal:

  • Applying with Family Members: Complete an application for each family member.

After You Apply

The processing time for the open work permit is approximately 6 weeks. During this time, your application will be reviewed for completeness and eligibility. If necessary, you may be asked to provide additional information or attend an interview with immigration officials.

If your application is approved, you'll receive an approval letter known as the "port of entry letter of introduction." This letter allows you to work in Canada. However, you will only receive your actual work permit when you arrive at a Canadian port of entry.

Canada's open work permit for H-1B visa holders is an exciting opportunity for highly skilled workers and their families to explore new career prospects and experience the beauty of Canada. If you meet the eligibility criteria, don't miss the chance to apply and be part of Canada's thriving tech and innovation ecosystem.

Remember, When in doubt ASK INFOPLACE!



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