Ottawa changes rules for permanent residency applicants

July 23, 2021

By HR Reporter |

The federal government is allowing individuals who have applied for the recently opened pathway to permanent residence to hold an open work permit while awaiting the results of their application.

Eligibility for the open permit starts July 16.

Our new path to permanent residence for 90,000 essential workers and international graduates is a major step forward — the size, speed and scope of which is unprecedented,” says Marco Mendicino, minister of immigration, refugees and citizenship.

“This new open work permit ensures that those who have been playing critical roles throughout the pandemic can continue their extraordinary service. Our message to them is simple: your status may be temporary, but your contributions are lasting — and we want you to stay.”

In February, Mendicino said Canada is well poised to come out of the COVID-19 pandemic by relying more on new immigrants to help alleviate the labour shortage.

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