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Good News for Families of Foreign Nationals Working in Canada!

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Canada is enhancing its International Mobility Program (IMP) to support the families of foreign nationals engaged in high-skilled occupations. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Who’s Eligible? If you’re a family member of a foreign national authorized to work in Canada in high-skilled jobs (TEER categories 0, 1, 2, or 3), this update is for you! This includes spouses, common-law partners, dependent children, and even the grandchildren of the principal foreign national.
  • What’s New? As of July 13, 2023, Canada has expanded the eligibility for open work permits to all family members of high-skilled workers. This move is aimed at bolstering the competitiveness of Canada’s academic institutions and economy.
  • Application Insights: If you’re applying as a family group, the principal foreign national’s application gets assessed first. The success of the family members’ applications is tied to the approval of the principal’s work permit.
  • Inside Canada: If you’re already in Canada, make sure you have a valid temporary resident status to apply for a work permit.
  • Outside Canada: If you’re applying from outside Canada, the principal foreign national must enter the country before or along with their family members.
  • For Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) Applicants: If you’re a family member of a PGWP applicant, you can apply for an open work permit as part of a family group application.
  • Final Notes: Approval for an open work permit depends on various factors, including proof of a genuine relationship and the principal foreign national’s employment in a qualifying occupation.

Overview of the International Mobility Program:

The IMP is one of Canada’s key immigration streams, allowing employers to hire foreign workers without the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). This program differentiates itself from the Temporary Foreign Worker Program (TFWP) by focusing on broader economic, cultural, or other competitive advantages for Canada, along with reciprocal benefits for Canadians and permanent residents.

Related Programs and Their Impact:

  • Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP): This program allows students who have graduated from eligible Canadian institutions to obtain an open work permit and gain valuable Canadian work experience, enhancing their prospects for permanent residence.
  • Global Talent Stream: Part of the TFWP, this stream offers expedited processing for employers seeking to hire highly skilled global talent in certain occupations, highlighting Canada’s commitment to innovation and competitiveness.

This update marks a significant step in making Canada more welcoming for skilled workers and their families. Stay tuned for more updates!

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