December 23, 2015
Open Work Permit Pilot Program for Inland Sponsorships Extended
CIC has released some great news! Spouses and common-law partners applying for permanent residence within Canada will continue to have the opportunity to acquire an open work permit while their applications are being processed. The pilot program granting open work permits has been extended for one year, until 22 December 2016.
It is an unfortunate reality that spousal sponsorships submitted under the in-Canada class have lengthy processing times. This pilot program allows spouses and partners to gain valuable Canadian work experience and assist in relieving the financial burden they may place on their sponsors currently supporting them in Canada.
In order to be eligible for the open work permit pilot program, the applicant must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- The spouse has submitted an application for permanent residence as a member of the in-Canada spousal class;
- A Canadian citizen or permanent resident spouse has submitted a sponsorship application on behalf of the applicant;
- The spouse and the sponsor reside at the same address; and
- The spouse has valid temporary resident status in Canada as a visitor, student or worker.