Canada Family Sponsorship: Open Work Permits Now Available for Overseas Applications Too

Posted Jul 18, 2023 at 12:07 pm EDT
Updated Jul 18, 2023 12:07 PM EDT


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Family reunification is a central pillar of Canada’s immigration strategy and a new measure of Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to make it possible for more families to be together.

Spouses, partners and dependents of permanent residents, canadian citizens, temporary workersand students already in Canada you may now be eligible for a open work permit.

Previously, open work permits were only available to applicants through domestic sponsorship, or to those already living in Canada on a Temporary Residence Visa (TRV). The new measure means that those applying from outside of Canada (foreign sponsorship) are now eligible for open work permits.

Family members are defined as spouses, common-law partners, conjugal partners, and dependent children over the age of 18.

IRCC aims to process all spousal sponsorship applications within 12 months.

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Eligibility for open work permits

Under IRCC, family members who have valid temporary resident status, maintained their status or are eligible and have applied to restore their status, and have the same residential address as their sponsor in Canada when applying for an open work permit, may be eligible for an open work permit.

IRCC public policy says that officers can grant an open work permit to foreign nationals who meet one of the following conditions:

The foreigner is:

  • A principal applicant who has filed an application for permanent residence under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada or as a spouse, common-law partner or common-law partner under the family class that has been accepted for processing by IRCC
  • You have submitted a work permit application, where the duration of the requested work permit is a maximum of two years
  • You are the subject of a sponsorship application submitted by your Canadian citizen or permanent resident spouse, common-law partner, or conjugal partner
  • You have the same residential address as your sponsor in Canada at the time of application, and
  • Have a valid temporary resident status in Canada or are eligible and have applied for restoration of status

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The foreigner is:

  • A dependent child who has been included as an accompanying relative in the application for permanent residence
  • You have submitted a work permit application where the duration of the requested work permit is for a maximum of two years
  • Has the same residential address as the main applicant and their sponsor in Canada at the time of application, and
  • Have a valid temporary resident status in Canada or are eligible and have applied for restoration of status

Canada’s continued commitment to family reunification

The previous measure was announced on May 26 by Immigration Minister Sean Fraser.

The introduction of open work permits for spousal sponsorship abroad came along with other family reunification measures such as:

  • Faster Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) processing times for spouse applicants
  • New and dedicated processing tools for spousal TRV applicants
  • Open work permit extensions for open work permit holders expiring between August 1 and the end of 2023

Fraser said IRCC is committed to bringing families together faster and allowing them to work and support themselves more quickly once they are here. She said that by doing so, Canada is helping newcomers reach their true potential, while also strengthening Canada’s economy and social fabric.

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reference: www.cicnews.com

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