Temporary public policies: Open work permits for applicants under the temporary resident to permanent resident pathway

If you applied under the temporary resident to permanent resident (TRPR) pathway, you may be eligible to apply for an open work permit under a temporary public policy.

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Who can apply

Principal applicants in Canada

To be eligible for an open work permit, you must meet 5 requirements:

1. Residency

You must live in Canada.

2. Application for a temporary resident to permanent resident pathway

You must have applied under one of the temporary resident to permanent resident pathways.

You must have received one of the following:

3. Authorized to work

When you applied for the PR pathway, you were legally authorized to work with 1 of the following:

4. Language requirements

When you applied for the PR pathway, you met the language requirements for the pathway you’re applying for.

You must have had valid results from an approved language test when you applied.

5. Immigration status

When you apply for your work permit, you must either:

Family members in Canada

You’re eligible for an open work permit if you meet all of the following:

When you can apply

If you have a valid work permit

You can apply up to 4 months before your current work permit expires. Your family members can apply at any time.

All other applicants and their family members

You can apply at any time if any of the following apply:

How to apply

You must apply online for the open work permit. You can’t apply at a port of entry.

Family members can apply online at the same time as the principal applicant.

If you can’t apply online

You don’t have to apply online if either

  • you can’t apply online because of a disability, or
  • there’s a problem with the online application

How to apply if you can’t apply online

Step 1: Make sure you have what you need

To apply online, you need

Step 2: Pay your fees

You’re exempt from paying the open work permit holder fee (CAN$100). Don’t pay this fee.

You must pay the work permit processing fee (CAN$155).

Because you’re exempt from paying one of the fees (open work permit holder fee), you need to pay your fees before you apply online.

How to pay your fees if you have valid temporary resident status

  • Go to fees for temporary residence applications.
  • Scroll down to the row for workers.
  • Select “Work permit (including extensions) – per person”.
    • Enter the number of applications you’re paying for.
      • If you’re applying for just your own work permit, enter “1”.

The system will calculate the total amount you need to pay when you click “Submit”.

How to pay your fees if you need to restore your status

  • Go to fees for temporary residence applications.
  • Scroll down to the row for your previous status (for example “Workers” if your work permit has expired)
  • Select “Restore your status as a worker”.
    • Enter the number of applications you’re paying for.
      • If you’re applying for just your own work permit, enter “1”.

The system will calculate the total amount you need to pay when you click “Submit”.

Keep your receipt

After you pay your fee, keep a copy of the receipt. You’ll need to upload it when you apply online for your work permit.

Step 3: Create your online account or sign in

You need an account to apply online. You can use your account to

How to start your application

Once you sign in to your account, you need to

Step 4: Get your document checklist

You must answer some questions to create a personalized document checklist.

Make sure you answer these questions correctly

If you need to restore your status
  • When asked What is your current immigration status in Canada?, select “Worker”.
  • When asked When does your status in Canada expire?, enter the date that your status expired.

Step 5: Fill out the forms

Read the instruction guide before you complete your application.

Special instructions for the open work permit for this public policy

When you fill out the Application to Change Conditions or Extend my Stay or Remain in Canada as a Worker work permit application form [IMM 5710] enter the following in the ‘Details of Intended work in Canada’ section:

If you need to restore your status
  • For question 3 in the first section, I am applying for one or more of the following:, make sure you also choose:
    • Restore my status as a worker
  • For question 7 In the Personal details
    • Under Status, select “Other”
    • Under Other, type in “Requires restoration”
    • Leave the From and To boxes blank

Instructions for family members

In general, these instructions also apply to family members who are eligible for this open work permit.

However, instead of putting the name of the PR stream in the Brief description of duties box, you must enter the unique client identifier (UCI) of the principal applicant.

Step 6: Upload the correct documents

Your documents must show that you’re eligible for the public policy.

Principal applicants

You must upload the completed application form and include the following documents with your application.

There’s only 1 Client Information field. You may need to combine more than 1 document in 1 file and upload it together. Find out how to upload multiple documents into 1 field.

Required document Where to upload the file in your account
Copy of fees receipt Proof of fee exemption
Proof that you were allowed to work when you applied for permanent residence Client Information
Proof of language test result Client Information
Proof you applied for the temporary resident to permanent resident pathway Client Information
Copy of your passport (all pages must be included) Passport
Digital photo Digital photo
Family Information Form (IMM 5707) Family Information Form (IMM 5707)

Depending on your situation, you may also need to

Documents for family members in Canada

You must provide

  • the documents listed in your document checklist
  • a copy of the Generic Application form for Canada (IMM 0008) that your family member submitted when your family member applied for permanent residence
    • this form must show your name was listed as an accompanying family member in their application
    • upload this document under Client Information

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After you apply

Find out what to do and what happens after you apply for your work permit.

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