IRCC eased work permit application requirements for family class applicants

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued an update regarding the public policy for spouses or common-law partners in Canada (SCLPC) class, as well as family class applicants applying within Canada. As of December 7, 2023, to prevent family class applicants from losing their status while awaiting acknowledgment of receipt for their permanent residence application, the IRCC will now accept open work permit applications without the acknowledgment of receipt. 

This policy applies to applicants who can provide the necessary proof that their work permit, study permit, or temporary resident status is due to expire within two weeks.

Public Policy for Spouses or Common-law Partners in Canada

This public policy allows sponsored spouses and partners to support their families and build a life together in Canada. Sponsored spouses and partners, as well as their family members, contribute to the social and economic well-being of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

When a foreign national applies for an open work permit under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class or the Family Class, and their family members have a valid temporary resident status, have maintained their status, or are eligible for and have applied to restore their status and have the same residential address as their sponsor in Canada.

Family Class Immigration

The family class immigration program’s goal is to reunite Canadian citizens and permanent residents with close family members. By agreeing to support sponsored members of the family class, the sponsor promises that they will meet the basic needs of their family members for a set period of time so that they do not have to rely on social assistance.

Priority is given to sponsorship applications involving spouses, common-law or conjugal partners, and dependent children. Adopted children, children to be adopted, and orphans are given priority in sponsorship applications, as they frequently involve minors without parental care.

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