Due to COVID-19, some foreign national could be eligible to apply for a one-time open work permit of up to 18 months if they apply before July 27, 2021.
What are the requirements for this open work permit of up to 18 months?
To be eligible for this open work permit, Applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Their post-graduation work permit (PGWP) either expired on or after January 30, 2020, or it will expire within 4 months from the date they apply for this open work permit.
- They were in Canada on January 27, 2021, when the public policy took effect, and have stayed in Canada since then.
- They either have a temporary resident status (this could be from having a valid PGWP, visitor record, or another permit that allows you to stay in Canada), or lost your temporary resident status, but they’ve already applied to restore it, or lost their temporary resident status, but are within the restoration period or are able to restore their status at the same time as applying for their open work permit
- They state in their application that they are applying for an open work permit under this public policy.
- They have a valid passport:
- The work permit will be issued for up to 18 months from the date of approval or until the passports expiry date, whichever comes first.
- To maximize the duration of the open work permit, it is advisable to have a passport that is valid for at least 18 months from the date of approval.
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