New Policy - Get Up to 18month Work Permit

Despite the effect of the coronavirus pandemic, some Canadian companies have been successfully hiring and this is geared towards boasting the Canadian economy. Consequently, this has led to an increase in the demand for workers and this demand has caused the Canadian government to create a one-time open work permit which would be valid for up to 18 months if an applicant applies by July 27, 2021. In this post, we shall be sharing the latest information on what this work permit is about, what is required to have this work permit and how to apply for the work permit.

What is a work permit?

A work permit is a document from the Immigration officers granting a temporary permission to a non-citizen of a country to live and work under certain conditions in that country.

What makes this type of work permits special?

1. The application for this work permit must be made online on July 27, 2021.

2. It is a one-time permit which cannot be extended. This means that, if your passport is valid for about 9 months, then you’ll be issued an open work permit for up to 9 months.

3. It’s a pilot program and for applicants who will apply by July, 27 2021.

What qualifies you for this type of Work Permits?

  1. You were in Canada on January 27, 2021, when the public policy took effect, and has continued to stay there since then.

  2. You either had a post-graduation work permit (PGWP) which

  3. expired on or after January 30, 2020, or

  4. will expire within 4 months from the date you apply for this open work permit.

  5. You either

  6. have a temporary resident status (which includes a valid PGWP, visitor’s record, or any permit that allows you to stay in Canada), or

  7. lost your temporary resident status, and you’ve already applied to have it restored, or

  8. lost your temporary resident status, but you applied to restore it at the same time as when you are applying for this open work permit.

  9. You have a valid passport, because

  10. The work permit will be issued for up to 18 months from the date of approval or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. Therefore, if your passport is valid for 9 months, then you will be issued an open work permit for 9 months.

  11. To maximize the duration of the open work permit, your passport has to be valid for a minimum of 18 months from approval date.

  12. You state in your application that you’re applying for an open work permit under this public policy.

How to apply for this Work Permit:

Like all immigration documents, this is done by filing and submitting the following forms online or otherwise:

a) Application to Change Conditions or Extend Your Stay in Canada [IMM 5710].

b) Statutory Declaration of Common-law Union [IMM 5409], if applicable. Also note that this form must be notarized to be considered valid and where both partners are not in the same country at the time of signature, each person can present their own declaration and submit the IMM 5409 with the application.

c) Use of a Representative [IMM 5476] if applicable.

d) Authority to release personal information to a designated individual [IMM 5475] if applicable

e) A Document Checklist [IMM 5556] will be provided to assist you in gathering the supporting documents to submit with your application.

Remember that, it is illegal to remain in Canada beyond the validity of your status in Canada. It is illegal to work without a required work permit.

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