In order to be eligible for this one-time open work permit, applicants must show that they:
- have applied under one of the new permanent residence pathways;
- were authorized to work at the time of their application;
- hold a valid work permit that is set to expire within the next four months;
- have temporary residence status, maintained status, or are eligible to restore their status at the time their open work permit application is submitted;
- are in Canada at the time their open work permit application is submitted;
- were employed in any occupation at the time their permanent residence application was submitted; and
- meet the language requirements of the stream under which they applied at the time their application was submitted.
The applicant’s spouse or common-law partner, as well as dependant children over the age of 18, are eligible for the open work visa if they are also in Canada.
You may also be allowed to keep your status if you apply for a work permit extension before your existing one expired. While IRCC prepares a new permit, this would allow you to work without a permission under the same conditions as your previous permit.
On July 26, 2021, the IRCC’s website will be updated with more information on how to apply for the new open work permit online.