Program delivery update – December 17, 2015

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Extension of pilot project: issuance of open work permits to permanent residence applicants under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class

Summary

The instructions for the delivery of open work permits to eligible applicants under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada (SCLPC) class have been updated to reflect that the one-year pilot project put in place on December 22, 2014, has been extended for another year and will expire on December 21, 2016. This pilot project allows the issuance of open work permits to SCLPC class applicants at an earlier stage in processing.

After one year, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will assess the pilot project and determine how to process open work permits most effectively for SCLPC class applicants moving forward.

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