On July 26th, the Canadian Government launched new open work permit for essential workers and international student graduates. This policy is valid until December 31, 2022. Those who have applied to the temporary residence to Canadian permanent residence (TR to PR) pathways can also add their family members to the bridging open work permit.
This policy is specifically built for TR to PR candidates residing in Canada. It permits them to continue working as they wait for their results on their application for Permanent residency in Canada until their current status expires.
As per the new policy, these applicants can now add their loved ones to the existing work permit. The family member needs to be present in Canada and at the same time meet all of the eligibility requirements.
Eligibility requirement for family members
The government of Canada only allows those who are the immediate family member of the principal applicant. Immediate family members are spouses, common-law partners and, dependent children. They must have named you as an immediate family member on their permanent residence application.
The work permit also includes children who are 18 years and above. Children who are below 18 are eligible for a study permit. In some cases, they would not necessarily need a study permit if both the parents are residing in Canada instead of a visitor’s visa.
The eligible family members will also have to submit documents parallel to the principal applicant who is applying. The documents include birth certificates, or Statutory declaration of the common-law union if you are in a common-law relationship. A generic immigration form, called IMM 0008 is also required in which the main applicant mentions you as their family member.
If the immigration officer doubts the authenticity of the relationship, they may ask for more information. They will want to confirm that your relationship is genuine and is not a relationship of convenience for immigration.