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Navigating New IRCC Policies regarding Open Work Permit for Spouses in Canada


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Canada's commitment to family reunification is evident in its immigration policies, and recent updates by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have further demonstrated this commitment. As a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, I am pleased to share with you the latest development that offers relief to family class applicants within Canada. In this post, we will delve into the IRCC's eased work permit application requirements for spouses or common-law partners, a change that is sure to impact many of our clients at Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services.


Effective December 7, 2023, the IRCC has implemented a policy allowing certain applicants to submit an open work permit application without needing an acknowledgment of receipt for their permanent residence application. This update is particularly beneficial for spouses or common-law partners in Canada (SCLPC) class applicants and family class applicants who find themselves in a position where their current temporary resident status may expire soon.


Under the previous guidelines, applicants were required to wait for acknowledgment of receipt from the IRCC before they could apply for an open work permit. This often resulted in anxiety and uncertainty, especially if their current status was nearing expiration. Now, with the new policy in place, applicants who can provide evidence that their work permit, study permit, or temporary resident status will expire within two weeks are eligible to apply for an open work permit sooner.

This proactive measure by the IRCC is designed to prevent family class applicants from losing their status while they await the processing of their permanent residence applications. It reflects a responsive approach to the practical challenges faced by immigrants and their families during what can be a complex transition period.

The open work permit is a significant advantage for eligible applicants. It provides them with the flexibility to work for any employer in Canada without the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This not only helps to support their families financially but also allows them to gain valuable Canadian work experience, which can be beneficial for their future career prospects and integration into Canadian society.

For those who are in the process of applying for permanent residence under the SCLPC class or as a family class applicant, it is crucial to understand the eligibility criteria and required documentation for this new policy. Our team at Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services is well-versed in these updates and ready to assist clients in navigating the application process smoothly.


We encourage anyone who may be affected by this change or who has questions about their immigration status and options to reach out for professional guidance. The path to permanent residency in Canada is often complex and nuanced, but with expert advice and support, it can be a journey filled with hope and opportunity.

Are you or someone you know potentially impacted by the recent IRCC policy updates regarding open work permits for spouses or common-law partners? Don't navigate these changes alone. Contact Mesidor Canadian Immigration Services today, and let us help you secure your future in Canada.

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