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Open Work Permit For TR2PR Applicants & Family W.E.F. Jun 6!

On June 6, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) implemented a temporary public policy offering open work permit to applicants under TR2PR pathway.

Also, the following changes came into effect on June 6 for TR2PR applicants:

  • The family members of an applicant outside Canada can now apply for an open work permit.
  • Also, applicants can extend this work permit. 

As per IRCC’s program delivery updates, this policy will allow the issuance of open work permits until December 31, 2024 to avoid the need for renewals.

Eligibility for Principal Applicants in Canada

To apply for an open work permit, you must—

  • Be living in Canada
  • Have applied under one of the TR to PR pathways. Also, you should have received an email from IRCC confirming that you’ve submitted your PR application under one of the eligible streams. Moreover, you should have the letter from the Client Support Centre when you requested an alternative format application.
  • Also, you must be authorized to work in Canada. You should have either a valid work permit or an authorization to work without a work permit or under any public policy
  • Have met the language requirements for the pathway you are applying for.  Also, you should have valid results from when you applied. 
  • Lastly, you have valid immigration status in Canada. You could either have temporary resident status. Or you must have applied to extend your status before it expired. You can also apply if you are eligible to restore your status. 
Eligibility for Family Members Of Primary Applicants

As a family member, you can apply for an open work permit if you are—

  • 18 years of age or older
  • In or outside Canada
  • A spouse/common-law partner or dependent child of a principal applicant for the PR pathway
  • The principal applicant should have applied and be eligible for an open work permit under the public policy
  • Also, the principal applicant should have included the family member as an accompanying family member in their PR application
When Should You Apply?

If you currently have a valid work permit —You can apply up to 4 months before your current work permit expires. Also, your family members can apply at the same time too. 

For all other applicants— You and your family members can apply at any time if- 

  • You have maintained your status
  • You are able to restore your status
  • Lastly, if you are a spouse or common-law partner, or a dependent child of a principal applicant. 
How To Apply?

You must apply online for the open work permit. Also, your family members can apply online at the same time as you. Make sure you have all the documents that you need. You have to pay the work permit processing fee (CAN$155).

You don’t have to pay the open work permit holder fee. Also, you need to pay the fees before you apply online. Below is step-wise guide

  • Create your account or sign in to your account. You have to have an account to apply online. This account helps you to submit your applications forms. Also, you can check you status through the account. To apply sign into your account and
    • go to the Start your application section on the account welcome page
    • click “Apply to come to Canada”
    • on the next page, scroll down to the I do not have a personal reference code section
    • click on the “Visitor visa, study and/or work permit” button
    • on the next page, select “Work”
    • fill out the documents checklist. Also, you have to fill out the application form and supporting documents.
  • Lastly, make sure you upload the correct documents. Your documents must show that you’re eligible for the public policy.


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