On December 11, 2015, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) announced a new pilot program that will grant foreign nationals in Canada applying to immigrate as a spouse or common-law partner, the opportunity to extend their open work permit for one year.
The eligibility criteria are the following :
- The foreign national must be a spouse or common-law partner living in Canada who is being sponsored under the Spouse or common-law partner in Canada (SCLPC) class
- The foreign national must have a valid temporary resident status (as a visitor, student or worker) and live at the same address as your sponsor.
Q: I submitted an application under SCLPC, but haven’t yet applied for an open work permit.
A: Complete an open work permit application and send your completed application, along with the fee, to the Case Processing Centre in Vegreville:
CPC – Vegreville
WP – Unit 777
Q: I received a letter from CIC stating that I meet the permanent residence eligibility requirements, but haven’t yet passed the medical, security and background checks for myself and family members.
A: Complete an open work permit application online. If you were granted a work permit under the initial pilot program, you must apply for an extension before it expires.
Q: I am submitting a new application under SCLPC.
A: Complete an open work permit application at the same time as your sponsorship application, along with an application for permanent residence, under the SCLPC class. Send the completed application, along with the fee to the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga.
CPC – Mississauga
P. O. Box 5040, Station B
By courier service (no public drop-offs):
Case Processing Centre – Mississauga
2 Robert Speck Parkway, Suite 300