This is the fourth time extension for the Open Work Permit Pilot since its introduction in 2014

Open Work Permit Pilot is extending by Canada’s federal government for sponsored spouses and common-law partners who are living in Canada. This is applicable in the process of applying for permanent residence under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class.

The Open Work Permit Pilot program, which was set to expire on January 31, 2019, has been now extended until July 31, 2020, as declared by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). This is not the first time this program since its introduction in 2014 has been extended but it’s the fourth time the Open Work Permit Pilot has been extended.

The pilot program permits eligible spouses and common-law partners who are living in Canada and who are being sponsored by Canadian citizens or permanent residents under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class (SCLPC) to apply for an open work permit.

An open work permit can be the one that is not tied to a specific job or employer. Employment in cases of childcare and healthcare is, however, restricted to those who have obtained the required medical clearance.

In order to be sponsored, they must have valid temporary resident status, student or worker, either as a visitor, and live at the same address as their sponsor, among other criteria.

IRCC said in an update published January 30, 2019. “Canada recognizes that when families can work while living together, their integration outcomes are improved. Extending this pilot ensures applicants are able to work, provide for their families and contribute to the Canadian economy while waiting for their permanent resident applications to be processed,”

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