Who can apply

Status: Open to family members Only

H-1B visa holders can no longer apply

We reached the maximum of 10,000 applications for this initiative on July 17, 2023.

Family members of H-1B visa applicants

Family members of H-1B visa applicants who have already applied can apply to come to Canada as a visitor, worker or student.

The deadline for family members to submit open work permit applications under this public policy is September 27, 2024. There's no deadline for visitor or student applications.

To qualify for this temporary policy, you need to

Bringing your family

These family members living in the US can apply to come with you to Canada:

They can come as either

Family members who aren’t eligible to apply as family members of an H-1B applicant, may still qualify as family members of highly skilled workers.

Find out how to apply as a family member of a highly skilled worker .

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