Akin to its reputation of providing extremely immigrant-friendly policies and services, Canada has yet again announced a number of new measures to simplify the process of bringing in families of permanent residents to the country.
Among the changes introduced, permanent residents will be able to bring in their families, who will then be able to apply for open work permits. The changes have been made to address the labour shortages that Canada has been facing since the pandemic. Other changes include;
Faster temporary resident visa (TRV) processing times for spousal applicants
Dedicated processing tools for spousal TRC applications.
New Open Work Permit for candidates under the spousal and family categories.
Extensions for open work permit visa holders expiring between 1 August and 31 December 2023.
In their statement, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) stated that the aforementioned applications will be processed within 30 days, going forward. Adding to this, the IRCC also confirmed that applications had been processed using the new tolls, seeing an approval rate of 93%, thus, benefiting those falling under the spousal and dependent categories.
Additionally, the open work permits in Canada for spousal applicants and their dependent children have been made available, provided they reside with their sponsor in Canada and carry the temporary resident status.
Therefore, spouses, partners and dependants will now be able to apply and receive their open work permits after submitting a permanent residence application, under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class, or other family class programmes on offer.
Sean Fraser, the immigration minister in Canada, announced the extension of open work permit holders, whose permits are set to expire between 1 August and 1 December this year. According to reports, an additional 18 months will be provided to candidates, an option which was recently extended to those with expiring post-graduate work permits.
However, concluding the report, it was noted that while open work permits may be granted in a variety of circumstances, candidates still need to qualify for the extension under the expedited processing system. The extension will include:
Permanent residence applications awaiting a decision on their permanent residence applications and their spouses.
Family class-sponsored spouses with valid temporary resident status and their dependent children
Spouses and common-law partners of most work permit holders and their dependent children
Spouses and common-law partners of study permit holders
Reports highlighted the “steadily improving client services” which have resulted in faster application processing. The IRCC had finalised over 5.2 million applications across different businesses and industries in 2022. Reports also stated that the application processing times for new spousal sponsorship applicants were, since July 2022, set to be processed within the service standard of 12 months. Over 1,075,000 work permits and work permit extensions had been issued in Canada in 2022.
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Source: Business Today