Canada has published the guidelines for international students and essential workers to apply for open work permits.
These instructions are for applicants for the new Temporary Residence to Permanent Residence (TR to PR), pathways. The official instructions have been published online by the department.
The six new TR-PR programs, which were launched in May, are designed to provide immigration pathways for international students, workers and French speakers living in Canada.
Apply for the new open-work permit.
The temporary residence documents required to be allowed to apply for these programs were a work permit or study permit. These applicants who have a limited amount of validity on their existing documents can apply for the new open work permit. It is a bridging permit that allows applicants to remain in Canada while the IRCC decides on their application.
These permits are valid through December 31, 2022. The permit can also be applied for by the spouse, common-law partner, and dependent children of the applicant who are over 18 years old.
What programs is it applicable to?
The TR to PR pathways are eligible for the new work permit. Six of them are available, including three with intake caps that are open to English speakers as well as three that are only available to French speakers. There is no limit to the number of applications.
These programs are listed with their respective quotas:
Canada Workers – Stream A for Health Care Workers (20,000 Applications)
Canada Workers Stream B for Essential Non-Health Care Workers (30,000 Applications – Full).
International Graduates (40,000 Applications – Full).
Canadian Workers – Stream A for French-speaking Health Care Workers (no cap).
Canada Workers Stream B for French-speaking Essential Non-Health Care Workers (no cap).
French-speaking international graduates (no cap)
The new programs will close on November 5th, or until IRCC receives as many applications as possible for each program. Only the international graduate program and the pathway to essential workers in non-healthcare professions have been filled.
What is the deadline for TR to PR applicants?
The IRCC states that you can apply for temporary status up to four months in advance of your current status expiring. Families can also apply. If you are in maintained status or eligible to restore it, you can apply anytime.
How do you apply?
Online applications are the only way to apply. Online applications are not accepted at ports of entry. The IRCC offers paper applications if you are unable to apply online due to a disability or because your internet connection is slow.
Step 1. Step 1.
You will need a scanner and a camera to apply online. To pay for the feeds, you will need to have your debit or credit card.
Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the instruction guide for filling out forms by IRCC.
Step 2. Step 2.
The $155 fee for a work permit extension will be required to be paid on the government website. You are exempted from the $100 open work permit holder fees, so you will need to pay it before you apply online.
Step 3. Step 3. Log in to your IRCC account
To apply, you will need to create an account at IRCC. This account can be used to submit your applications and to check your status.
After you have signed in, go to the “Start Your Application” section of the account welcome page. Next, click on “Apply to Come to Canada”. Scroll down to “I don’t have a personal code” section. Click the “Visitor visa or study permit” button. Next, click on “work”.
Step 4. Get document checklist
After creating your account, you will need to answer some questions to receive a customized document checklist.
You may say that you are interested in working temporarily for more than six months. Students and workers must both select “worker” when asked about their current immigration status in Canada. For students, this temporary measure is while the IRCC updates their application system.
If you are asked which scenario you would choose, answer “I am applying to an open work permit under an activated public policy or pilot program announced IRCC.”
Next, you’ll be asked “Is there a fee associated with this application?” Are you going to pay your fees or is the fee exempt? Answer “No” and you will be asked if you would like to waive the $155 application fee.
Step 5. Step 5.
Once you have completed your document checklist, the IRCC instruction guide will assist you in filling out the forms.
One of the documents required is the IMM5710 form. It’s called “Application for Change Conditions or Extension my Stay or Remain in Canada As a Worker.” Next, in Box 4, type “TRPR pathway PPPOWP” into the Job Title box. In the “Brief description box of duties”, enter the name and type of the PR stream that you are applying for. You could choose “Public policy for foreigners in Canada with recent Canadian experience in essential occupations.”
You can request an end date for “Duration of Expected Employment” that is not later than December 21, 2022. You cannot request a date after your passport expires.
Step 6. Step 6.
Principal applicants will need to provide proof of income, proof of legal employment (such as a work permit), proof that you have passed a language test, proof of payment, and copies of your passport.
A medical exam may be required, as well as other documents, such a marriage certificate or birth certificates for any family members.
Canada will provide a document checklist for family members. The Generic Application Form for Canada, known as IMM0008, will be one of the documents. The form must include the name of the family member as it appears in the application. You can upload it under “Client information.”
After you have applied
An immigration officer will review your application after you submit it. To ensure that you are eligible, they will verify your employer’s compliance record. You must also be eligible for the work permit.
If they find that your application is not complete, they will send it back without processing it. They might also request more information.
If you are eligible, they will mail your work permit to you at the Canadian address that you provided. The work permit will detail the work you are allowed to do, the employer that you can work for, where and how long you can work.