Ottawa announced an update for open work permit issuance under the IMP
On July 13, 2023, the Government of Canada published a new program delivery update for work permit issuance under the International Mobility Program (IMP). Starting July 13, 2023, family members of students working on campus under the authority of R186(f) or with a co-op work permit (code C32 or C33) will not be eligible for a spousal open work permit.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) officers will issue open work permits under administrative code C49 to only family members of principal applicants who applied for permanent residence. Depending on the principal applicants’ employment, family members who are potential permanent resident applicants can apply for an open work permit under C41/C46 or C46/C49.
What is an open work permit?
A work permit that is open is one that is not position-specific. You won’t need the following when you apply for your work visa because it is not job-specific:
- an Employment and Social Development Canada assessment of the impact of the labor market
- evidence that an employer has used the Employer Portal to make an offer of employment and paid the employer compliance fee
The open work permit holder charge is usually paid at the same time as the work permit fee.
What is the International Mobility Program (IMP)?
Without submitting a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), a business may hire a temporary employee under the International Mobility Program. Employers must typically submit an offer of employment via the Employer Portal.
The temporary foreign worker must apply for a work permit after the employers submit the job offer via the employer portal. All workers’ rights in Canada, including those of temporary foreign workers, are lawfully guaranteed. You have the same rights and workplace protections as Canadians and permanent residents if you are a temporary foreign worker.
What are the eligibility requirements for the co-op work permit?
Work experience is required as part of the curriculum in some study programs. If you meet all of the following requirements, you can apply for a co-op or intern work permit:
- You have a current study permit.
- In order to complete your study program in Canada, you must work.
- You have a letter from your institution confirming that all students in your program must complete work placements in order to get a degree.
- Your co-op or internship should account for 50% or less of your overall academic time.
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