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Canada's New Pilot Program Offers Open Work Permits for Spouses

December 2014, 23
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Open Work Permits for Spouses
Citizenship and Immigration Minister of Canada (CIC), Chris Alexander has recommended immigration officials to introduce a one-year pilot program, which permits the applicants of inland spousal sponsorship to obtain a work permit at a faster pace.

Apparently, the new one-year pilot program will allow Canadian government to grant open work permits for partners of Canadian citizens who are residing in Canada and waiting for PR status.

The pilot program is set for one-year and is put forward after reporting great number of Canadian families is residing in limbo. However, these people are not allowed to work and they do not hold health coverage as their sponsorship applications takes longer times to get processed.

Reportedly, CIC is introducing new pilot program, which permits sponsored spouses under the Inland Spousal Sponsorship program to obtain work permits very soon while processing their applications.

Sources stated that existing candidates who are waiting for longer periods could notice that their applications for open work permit will be processed within short period, most probably within weeks. On the other hand, new work permit applications will be processed in not more than four months.

Allegedly, the holders of open work permit can work under any Canadian employer for a limited period during their applications for PR is being processed. The permit will offer provincial health coverage for applicants while waiting for permanent residency.

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