Bridging Open Work Permit Information
As of December 15 2012 Citizenship and Immigration Canada announced that they will be allowing permanent resident applicants to obtain work permits while they are awaiting the finalization of their application. This will allow permanent resident applicants to now work while they are awaiting the answer on their application!
Who is Eligible for the Bridging Work Permit?
- Federal Skilled Worker Applicants
- Canadian Experience Class Applicants
- Federal Skilled Trades Program Applicants
- Provincial Nominees
What are the Requirements?
In order to be eligible you must fall into one of the above categories, they must also meet the following criteria;
- They are currently in Canada
- They have a valid Work Permit and it is set to expire within 4 months.
- They have received a positive decision on their Permanent Resident Application under an Economic class, Federal Skilled Worker, Canadian experience Class, or the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
- They have made an application for an Open Work Permit.
This new work permit is a great development in immigration law and allows applicants to work during the processing of their applications. This new work permit will really give applicant’s a head start in Canada and makes a lot of sense from both an economic and a humanitarian point of view.
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About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
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