Changes to eligibility to work in Canada for spouses, common-law partners and children of low-skilled workers!

Starting on January 30, 2023, IRCC will expand eligibility to work in Canada to spouses and dependent children of low-skilled workers that were previously not able to apply. Temporary Foreign worker program covers workers in TEER categories 0-5 and previously only spouses of workers under TEER categories 0-3 were able to apply!

You may be eligible for an open work permit if you’re a

  • spouse, common-law partner or dependent child of a work permit holder who works in a job of any Training, Education, Experience and Responsibilities (TEER) category (0 to 5), or

or the principal applicant who has an open work permit (example: post-graduation work permit holders at all skill levels)

  • spouse, common-law partner or dependent child of an economic classes permanent resident applicant who holds a work permit. This includes Express Entry streams, PNP streams and other streams as well.

Who is not eligible at this time

Spouses and dependents of workers in a TEER 4 or 5 job under the low-wage stream of the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and the Agricultural Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program are not eligible at this time.

In other words, if you are, for example, Room Attendant, Guest Service Associate, Dishwasher or a Server, your spouse may apply for an open work permit!

Contact us today to start your application: info@premierimmigration.ca

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