On December 15, 2012, Immigration Canada announced a new policy
to allow for "bridging" work permits. Now, foreign
nationals who are currently working in Canada and have applied for
permanent residence (under certain programs) can apply for a
bridging open work permit to allow them to stay and work until
their permanent residence application is finalized.
That meant that the employer had to prove that it had conducted
recruitment efforts complying with the rules established by Human
Resources and Skilled Development Canada. The employer needed to
show that it was not possible to find a Canadian or a permanent
resident to fill the position and therefore it was authorized to
hire the foreign national. If, afterwards, the person applied for
permanent residence and this application was approved in principle
but not yet finalized, one still had to re-do the LMO
Immigration Canada finally realized that it didn't make much
sense to impose another, burdensome LMO process when it was
clear that the person would become a permanent resident in the next
few weeks or months. Starting December 15, 2012, it became possible
for those foreign workers currently in Canada who have submitted an
application for permanent residence (either under the Federal
Skilled Worker Program, the Canadian Experience Class, the
Provincial Nominee Program or the Federal Skilled Trades Program)
to apply for a bridging open work permit. Obtaining an open work
permit allows employees to continue working for the same employer
or to freely change employers.
Besides being currently in Canada and having valid status on a
work permit, in order to be eligible for a bridging work permit, it
to apply within four months before the expiry of the current
work permit; and
to have received a positive eligibility decision on the
permanent residence application.
The meaning of "positive eligibility decision" is
understood differently depending on the program under which the
permanent residence application is made. In some of the programs it
suffices to have received an acknowledgement of receipt of the
application from Immigration Canada.
The open work permit that it is issued in these cases is valid
for one year. If for any reasons the permanent residence
application has not been finalized within that year, it is possible
to request a subsequent open work permit.
This policy does not apply in the Province of Quebec. It
has its own, equivalent rules issued six months earlier. More
precisely, on June 1, 2012, a similar policy was issued for those
who had already been selected by the Province of Quebec as
permanent residents (received a Quebec Selection Certificate). The
basic difference between the Quebec program and the Federal program
is that the work permit issued to Quebec applicants is not
"open". This means that it is necessary that the person
has received a job offer from an employer based in the Province of
Quebec. Also, in Quebec, the duration of the work permit is not
necessarily one year but coincides with the length of the job
Canadian Immigration rules change at an extraordinary pace.
Seldom do the rules get simpler. When we receive news that
simplifies things, we certainly have reasons to celebrate.
October 12th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 21st round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 44th overall, inviting 1518 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 484.
October 19th, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 22nd round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 45th overall, inviting 1804 applicants for permanent residence, the largest number ever. The lowest CRS score was 475, a decline from the previous draw.
September 21st, 2016 - Immigration authorities conducted the 20th round of invitations under Express Entry in 2016 and 43rd overall, inviting 1288 applicants for permanent residence with a lowest CRS score of 483.
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