Agri-Food Pilot (AFP) Program: Putting an application into processing

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Following a positive completeness check, the Centralized Intake Office in Sydney (CIO-S) does the following:

Once an application for the AFP Program has been assessed as complete under section 10 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), the application is put into processing.

Note: If the biometric fee has not been paid and the CIO-S has sent the biometric fee payment letter, the application is put into processing, and the processing office sends the biometric instruction letter (BIL) once the applicant has submitted the biometric fee.

Processing family members

The CIO-S receives and triages all applications submitted under the AFP Program. The application is transferred to the relevant processing office, where both the principal applicant and all family members are processed.

Processing open work permits (OWP) for family members

Family members of AFP applicants at all job skill levels are eligible to apply for an OWP.

For AFP principal applicants in TEER 2 or 3 occupations, family members are eligible for an OWP if

For AFP principal applicants in TEER 4 or 5 occupations, their family member is eligible for an OWP if

If issuing an OWP, the officer should align the validity of the family member’s work permit to that of the principal applicant’s work permit.

Note: There is no minimum age for open work permits. Minor children still need to apply to obtain an open work permit. Work permit holders, legal guardians and employers are still responsible for following provincial and territorial labour laws, including those of working age.

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