Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will commence issuing open work permits to certain spouse or common-law partner in Canada.Spouses

You need to meet 4 criteria:

  1. You have an In-Canada spousal application right now;
  2. You have a Canadian citizen or PR spouse as a sponsor;
  3. Both applicant and sponsor reside at the SAME address; and
  4. Applicant has valid temporary resident status — not an out-of-status spouse!

Summary excerpt:

Effective December 22, 2014, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) will commence issuing open work permits to certain spouse or common-law partner in Canada class (SCLPC) applicants before the approval in principle decision is made.

If you have any individual questions or concerns, please contact our office for more customized consultation for your unique situation.  Please note that this posting is for general information only and is not to be considered binding or official legal counsel since situations will vary and can be complicated. The content in this post is current as of the day of entry. Due to the changing nature of Immigration law, the information in this entry may or may not still be applicable

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2 Responses to CIC Commencing Open Work Permits

  1. Moses says:

    This is great news. I handed in my spousal pr and open work permit application during the first week of October and received a confirmation letter during the last week of October. Then I became out of status on the 29th of December. How does this news affect me? Thanks

    • Admin says:

      If you applied for In-Canada spousal application (I assume that because you handed in “spousal pr & open work permit”) in October, then you are technically in “implied status” because you filed open work permit before Dec 29. Did you not get your work permit according to December 22nd, 2014 policy? You should if you complied with all four conditions – check out my article on this topic. I am so sorry for the late response; your comment went into our spam mail.

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