As announced, phase 1 of this new temporary policy will now come in effect beginning January 30.
|Phase 1 – allows family members of employees who come to Canada to apply for an open work visa through the high-wage stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program or the International Mobility Program.||January 30, 2023|
|Phase 2 – Following consultations, the legislation will be expanded to include family members of employees from the low-wage stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program.||To be decided|
|Phase 3 – Consultation with agricultural partners and stakeholders will be conducted to examine the practical viability of expanding the measure to cover family members of agricultural employees.||To be decided|
IRCC shared eligibility and ineligibility under this new spousal open work permit temporary policy as mentioned below.
Who is eligible?
- works in a job of any TEER (Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities) category (0 to 5), or
- have an open work permit such as PGWP (post-graduation work permit holder) at all skill levels, or
- are permanent resident applicant under economic class currently holding a valid work permit
Who is not eligible at this time?
Spouses and dependents of work permit holders in TEER 4 or 5 jobs are not eligible at this time, if the work permit holders are currently working:
- under the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program’s (SAWP) low-wage stream; and
- the Temporary Foreign Worker Program’s Agricultural Stream
Children qualify as dependants if they are:
- unmarried or don’t have a common-law partner, and
- less than 22 years of age
Children aged more than 22 years can also qualify as dependants only if they are:
- unable to support themselves financially because of a physical or mental condition, and
- rely on their parents for financially since before they were 22