For the entire month of December, Canada is giving good news one after another. Spousal Work Permit Pilot Program was going to expire on December 21st, 2017 but the Liberal government headed by Justin Trudeau extended it until January 31st, 2019. The program allows spouses or common-law partners of work permit holders to work in Canada. The government will be most likely to extend the period furthermore or make it a permanent program once it expires in January 2019.
The pilot program handled by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada and it initially launched in 2014. It is the third time that the program has been extended. It is a temporary work permit which lets spouses or partners work while their immigration papers finalized. To be able to use this program, the spouse or partner should either have a visitor visa, student, or worker visa. They need to stay in Canada with the main visa holder and also need to show proofs of their relationship.
The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada released a statement saying that if they extend the program, families can support themselves and also contribute to the growth of Canadian economy. It runs parallel to Canada’s motive of uniting families. Reuniting families has always been the key motive of the current Canadian government, and they will do everything it takes to make Canada favorable for growing a family.
How to apply for the Open Work Pilot Program
Also known as the Spousal Work Permit Pilot Program, all you need to do is submit an application for being allowed to work. If you are in line waiting for your permanent residency card, apply a separate temporary work permit application as soon as possible. You need to apply for a new work permit before your previous one expires.