Canada has always been a dream destination for people who have been attracted to its endless opportunities and educational excellence. The Canadian government has made the process of immigration as smooth and effortless as possible under the circumstances. If you are a qualified person or have the academic credentials, there is no need to stress out about the immigration process.

Public Policy for 3-year Open Work Permits

A public policy has been established by John McCallum for facilitating the issue of 3-year open work permits, waiving related fees for previous foreign students who were not given Post-Graduation Work Permits from 1st September, 2014 to 15th March, 2016. If the students have completed the major part of their course in the study’s final program by distance learning, they can apply for the permit. This policy came into existence on 27th September, 2016 and on 17th March, 2017, it will be withdrawn.

Eligibility Criteria for Work Permit

The international students need to fulfill the following eligibility criteria to be considered under this public policy.

  • In case the students are refused PGWP between 1stSeptember, 2014 and 15thMarch, 2016;
  • The reason why the students is refused the application was the completion of the major part of their course through distance learning, and
  • The totality of their study program, along with transfer credits, was not into consideration when the considered when the major part of their course through distance learning was determined.

It is significant to note that the International nationals will be asked to see if they fulfill all these requirements for eligibility criteria.

In-Canada applications

The requirement for the work permit application is exempted in the public policy when made from countries other than Canada. Hence, from within Canada, an application for the open work permit can be made by the eligible foreign nationals.

Fee waivers

The following fees has been waived under the public policy:

  • Work Permit Application fee ($155) R299(1)
  • Restoration of Temporary Resident Status fee ($200) R306(1)
  • Open Work Permit Holder fee ($100) R303.2(1)

Submitting an Application

Canada residing foreign nationals must-

  1. Identify themselves as eligible for being considered under the public policy.
  2. The application must be completed by paper for change in any condition or for stay extension as a worker.
  3. The Applicants must also add the legible and clear copy of the refusal of PGWP letter.
  4. Documentary evidence that proves that a major part of the course along with the transfer credits was done in a class room and not through distance learning must be attached.
  5. The application must clearly indicate its subject by penning, “Public Policy for refused PGWP applicants” on the final envelope’s exterior.
  6. The completed applications must be submitted in paper to the Vegreville’s Case Processing Center.
  7. The applications must be sent before 17th March, 2017 by IRCC.

Applications from outside Canada

  1. Identify themselves as eligible for being considered under the public policy.
  2. The application must be completed by paper for an open work permit from countries other than Canada.
  3. The Applicants must also add the legible and clear copy of the refusal of PGWP letter.
  4. Documentary evidence that proves that a major part of the course along with the transfer credits was done in a class room and not through distance learning must be attached.
  5. Before application submission, undergo a proper medical examination of required.
  6. The application must clearly indicate its subject by penning, “Public Policy for refused PGWP applicants” on the final envelope’s exterior.
  7. The completed applications must be submitted in paper to the Visa Application Center that serves their residential country.
  8. The applications must be sent before 17th March, 2017 by IRCC.

The Canadian government is taking all steps to ensure that you have a smooth immigration process, so all you need to do is apply!

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