Canada has announced that the applicants approved for permanent residence under the Interim Pathway for Caregivers can also apply for an open work permit. The candidates can submit the application for open work permit along with their application for permanent residence, informed an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) program delivery update issued March 21.
IRCC has further informed that they will begin processing the application for open work permit only after the candidate passes the eligibility test for the Interim Pathway for Caregivers.
The Interim Pathway for Caregivers applicants must meet certain eligibility requirements in order to apply for the open work permit. They include:
- They must be residing in Canada at the time of submitting the application and intend to reside in Canada outside Quebec.
- Their status must be one of the following at the time of application
1)Authorized to work in Canada with a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit
2)Authorized to work without a work permit having applied for a renewal of a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit
3)Eligible for restoration of status while having applied for restoration and have held a work permit other than a Live-in Caregiver Program work permit as their most recent work permit.
- They must be the principal applicant in the application for PR
- They must have received a positive eligibility assessment of their paper application for permanent residence or APR
The family members of the eligible Interim Pathway applicants can also apply for open work permit. The caregiver applicants and their family members have to pay the work permit processing fee of $155 while submitting the application. But they need not pay the open work permit holder fee of $100.
Interim Pathway for Caregivers
Canada opened the Interim Pathway for Caregivers, a temporary program for in-home temporary foreign worker caregivers who came to Canada after November 30, 2014 to apply for permanent residence on March 4. The pathway will be open till June 4, 2019.
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