Sponsored Spouses and Common-Law Partners News

The Open Work Permit Pilot Program allows to spouse or common-law partner who is being sponsored for permanent residence by a Canadian citizen or permanent resident to work while he or she is waiting for the processing of the application.

As of December 7, 2016, John McCallum, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), announced of extension of Open Work Permit Pilot Program until December 21, 2017.
Moreover, the processing time for applications under Spouses or Common-Law Partners in Canada Class will be reduced from 26 months to 12 months and all applications that have been submitted as of December 7, 2016, are expected to be processed by the end of December 2017.


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