Good News For Families Of Temporary Workers In Canada
The government has recently announced that the first phase of the extension of work permit eligibility for spouses, working-age dependents, and common-law partners of temporary workers will start on 30 January 2023.
An open work permit allows foreign nationals to seek employment anywhere or work independently in Canada, provided that they fulfill the following requirements;
- They need to be a spouse, dependent children, or common-law partner of a work permit holder employed in a job that falls under the Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities or TEER category. They could also be related to someone who is the principal applicant and holds an open work permit, such as post-graduate work permit holders at all skill levels.
- They need to be a spouse, dependent child, or common-law partner of an applicant who currently has a work permit and has also applied for permanent residency through one of the economic classes, such as provincial nominee programs, Canadian Experience Class, and Federal Skilled Worker program.
What’s important to note here is that dependent children and spouses of workers employed in jobs of TEER 4 or 5 through low-wage agricultural streams cannot apply for this yet. Anyone interested in applying should first get in touch with their immigration advisor to seek professional advice.
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