Ottawa introduced a new temporary public policy to issue open work permits to family-class applicants

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A new policy came into effect to make it easier for foreign nationals and their families who submitted a complete permanent resident application in Canada as a spouse, common-law or conjugal partner to get open work permits, On May 10, 2023.

The old pilot program, which ended on May 9, 2023, no longer applies. Any pending applications received by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be processed under this new policy. 

Applicants under the open work permit pilot program for permanent residence and in-Canada caregiver applicants and their families under the two caregiver pilots (C90 and C91) are no longer exempt. They must apply online following the new public policy.

On May 10, 2023, pending applications that had not yet been approved by the IRCC will be processed according to this new public policy. Additionally, updates have been made to the methods for programs that are not required to submit an online application while in Canada. The necessary online application for applicants residing in Canada is no longer exempted for the following applicants:

  • Open work permit pilot program (first work permit and extensions) for individuals pursuing permanent residence under the spouse or common-law partner in the Canada category. 
  • applicants for the two caregiver pilot programs (C90 and C91) who are Canadian citizens and who have dependent family members. On the IRCC website, applicants can find instructions on how to submit an online application.


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Applicants for the two caregiver pilot programs (C90 and C91)

Depending on whether they have the required Canadian work experience, applicants for the pilot programs come into one of two categories:

  • Category A– Gaining experience is a group of applicants (from outside or inside Canada) who have between 0 and 23 months of eligible Canadian work experience fall under the category A—gaining experience.
  • Category B – Direct to permanent residence is a group of applicants who already possess 24 months of acceptable Canadian work experience in one of the following occupations at the time their application for permanent residence under one of the pilot programs is submitted are referred to as Category B (Direct to permanent residence).
  • for applications assessed in accordance with the NOC 2016; one of NOC 4411 or 4412;
  • for applications assessed in accordance with the NOC 2021; one of NOC 44100 or NOC 44101

The combined work history under the 2 NOCs is not taken into consideration.

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About open work permits

A person holding an open work permit is able to work for any employer for the period of the permit. While the employer is not prohibited by an open restricted permit, the occupation or location might be. The majority of open work permits are granted via the following immigration Programs:

  • Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWP)
  • International Experience Canada (IEC)
  • Inland Spousal or Common-Law Sponsorship
  • Bridging Open Work Permits (BOWP)

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