Open Work Permit For Inland Spousal Sponsorship

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On January 30, 2019, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) extended the Open Work Permit (OWP) Pilot Program for Inland Spousal Sponsorship until July 31, 2020.

Generally, IRCC aims to issue a new OWP to the sponsored spouse or partner between 4 to 5 months. Upon receipt of the work permit, the holder of an OWP may work for any Canadian employer. The OWP is valid for 2 years or until the passport expires, whichever comes first.

See IRCC’s notice regarding the OWP Pilot Program for Inland Spousal Sponsorship.


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Foreigners who have Canadian temporary resident status are allowed to visit, work or study in Canada for a limited amount of time. To obtain and maintain Canadian temporary resident status, foreigners must meet the legal requirements to enter and remain in Canada as a visitor, student, worker or temporary resident permit holder.

After an application for Canadian temporary resident status was submitted to an Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) office, the visa officer will decide whether to approve the request and the border officer will determine whether to admit the foreigner on a temporary basis while imposing various terms (e.g. length of stay). Furthermore, temporary residents must comply with general conditions (e.g. to leave Canada by the end of authorized stay; not to study or work without permission, etc.).

According to demand, IRCC processes temporary resident applications under the following categories: