“Bridging” Open Work Permits for Certain Federal Economic Class applicants

I have found myself in a situation, where I may have to renew my work permit in order to maintain my legal status within Canada. My current Post-Graduate Work Permit expires in April 2014, and my PR application is nowhere near to be approved (my estimate is that it will take 6 to 12 more months, depending on how fast my medical examination will reach them, and how long it will take for a background check). Luckily, there is a “Bridging” Open Work Permit Program for applicants under the Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)Canadian Experience Class (CEC)Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) or the Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP).

To be eligible for a bridging open work permit, the applicants must:

  • Currently be in Canada;
  • Have valid status on a work permit that is due to expire within 4 months;
  • Have received confirmation from CIC that their permanent resident application is eligible under one of the four Economic Classes (FSWPCECPNP and FSTP[see below];
  • Have made an application for an open work permit.

This initiative is mainly to avoid unnecessary requests to Human Resources and Skills Development Canada for labour market opinions.

FSWP: the “Ministerial Instructions” status has been set to “Met” or a positive Final Determination of Eligibility letter/ e-mail has been sent.

PNP: the “Eligibility EC-QC/PNP” status has been set to “Passed” or the Acknowledgment of Receipt letter/e-mail has been sent by the Centralized Intake Office (CIO).

CEC: the “Eligibility CEC” decision has been set to “Passed” or the Acknowledgement of Receipt letter/e-mail has been sent from CIO.

FSTP: the Acknowledgement of Receipt letter/e-mail has been sent from CIO.

Info page at CIC website
Application package for the work permit extension

I wish the best of luck to all applicants, and may Canada become a second home to all who desire.

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