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2020-10-30: Notice – Supplementary Information for the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan View

Notice – Supplementary Information for the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan

Notice – Supplementary Information for the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan

October 30, 2020—Ottawa—Following the tabling of the 2020 Annual Report to Parliament on Immigration, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is pleased to release details on the Government of Canada’s Immigration Levels Plan for 2021-2023. Canada aims to welcome 401,000 new permanent residents in 2021, 411,000 in 2022, and 421,000 in 2023.

2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan

Immigrant Category 2021 2022Footnote 9 2023Footnote 9
Target Low Range High Range Target Low Range High Range Target Low Range High Range
  Overall Planned Permanent Resident Admissions 401,000 300,000 410,000 411,000 320,000 420,000 421,000 330,000 430,000
Economic Federal High SkilledFootnote 1 108,500 81,000 110,250 110,500 96,250 112,900 113,750 100,000 114,500
Federal BusinessFootnote 2 1,000 400 1,250 1,000 250 1,250 1,000 500 1,250
Economic Pilots: CaregiversFootnote 3; Agri-Food Pilot; Rural and Northern Immigration Pilot 8,500 4,900 9,250 10,000 4,500 10,500 10,250 4,500 11,000
Atlantic Immigration Pilot ProgramFootnote 4 6,000 3,300 6,250 6,250 3,000 6,750 6,500 3,500 6,750
Provincial Nominee Program 80,800 64,000 81,500 81,500 63,600 82,500 83,000 65,000 84,000
Quebec Skilled Workers and BusinessFootnote 5 See the Quebec immigration plan To be determined To be determined
Total EconomicFootnote 6 232,500 180,500 237,000 241,500 199,000 247,000 249,500 207,000 253,500
Family Spouses, Partners and Children 80,000 61,000 81,000 80,000 60,000 81,000 81,000 60,000 82,000
Parents and Grandparents 23,500 15,000 24,000 23,500 14,000 24,000 23,500 14,000 24,000
Total Family 103,500 76,000 105,000 103,500 74,000 105,000 104,500 74,000 106,000
Refugees and Protected Persons Protected Persons in Canada and Dependents Abroad 23,500 17,000 25,000 24,500 19,000 25,000 25,000 19,500 25,500
Resettled Refugees - Government-AssistedFootnote 7 12,500 7,500 13,000 12,500 7,500 13,000 12,500 8,400 13,000
Resettled Refugees - Privately Sponsored 22,500 14,900 23,000 22,500 15,400 23,000 22,500 15,500 23,000
Resettled Refugees - Blended Visa Office-Referred 1,000 100 1,000 1,000 100 1,000 1,000 100 1,000
Total Refugees and Protected Persons 59,500 39,500 62,000 60,500 42,000 62,000 61,000 43,500 62,500
Humanitarian and Other Total Humanitarian & Compassionate and OtherFootnote 8 5,500 4,000 6,000 5,500 5,000 6,000 6,000 5,500 8,000
French-speaking immigration admissions necessary to meet objective in Francophone Immigration Strategy (PDF, 582 KB)Footnote 10 4.4% of total admissions outside Quebec 12,144 16,544

2020-10-15: IRCC expression of interest process for service delivery improvements projects is now open View

IRCC expression of interest process for service delivery improvements projects is now open

Ottawa, October 15, 2020—As part of its commitment to delivering high-quality settlement services to newcomers, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is proud to announce that the expression of interest (EOI) process for service delivery improvements (SDI) projects is now open.

The SDI funding stream was created in 2017 to develop innovative approaches to better support the settlement and integration of newcomers. This latest EOI process will focus on settlement services for newcomers to safely and sustainably recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Approximately $30 million will be available in the first year for projects across Canada.

Important information for those interested in submitting a letter of interest for SDI projects:

  • The EOI is a 2-stage process:
    • Stage 1: Submit a letter of interest between October 15 and November 24, 2020
    • Stage 2: In March 2021, if your letter of interest has been chosen, you will be invited to submit a full proposal
  • Throughout Stage 1, IRCC will host webinars to help applicants understand the process and to answer questions. Here is the list of scheduled webinars.
  • Detailed funding guidelines for this SDI process are available on IRCC’s website to assist applicants in preparing their applications.
  • There are also general settlement and resettlement resources available on the IRCC website, including budget guidance and frequently asked questions.
  • Applicants can sign up for email notifications to be informed when new settlement and resettlement assistance funding processes are announced.
  • More information is available online on IRCC’s open funding processes webpage.

2020-10-13: Interest to sponsor forms for 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program now available View

Interest to sponsor forms for 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program now available

Ottawa, October 13, 2020—Canadians and permanent residents who wish to sponsor their parents and grandparents to come to Canada can now submit an interest to sponsor form online.

The interest to sponsor form is now available on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website for the next 3 weeks, until 12 p.m. EST on November 3, 2020.

Accommodation is available to persons with disabilities who are unable to use the online form. You can request the interest to sponsor form in an alternative format (paper copy, Braille or large print) by contacting the IRCC Client Support Centre at 1-888-242-2100, or by email until November 3, 2020.

Here’s what you need to know if you’re interested in sponsoring your parents or grandparents:

  • The interest to sponsor form is not an application.
  • The form is a way to inform IRCC you are interested in sponsoring your parents or grandparents.
  • As a potential sponsor, you need to ensure that you are eligible to sponsor before you submit an interest to sponsor form. This includes making sure that you meet the minimum necessary income requirements.
  • Submitting the form more than once will not increase your chances of being invited to apply. All duplicate submissions will be removed.
  • If you make a mistake on your submission, please do not submit a new one. Instructions on what to do if you make a mistake on your submission can be found on IRCC’s website.
  • When you successfully submit an interest to sponsor form, you will receive a confirmation number. Please keep this number for your records.

Once IRCC has reviewed the submissions and removed duplicates, potential sponsors will be randomly selected and will be invited via email to submit an application.

2020-09-22: New temporary public policy allowing permanent residence applicants to rely on biometrics previously submitted within the last 10 years View

New temporary public policy allowing permanent residence applicants to rely on biometrics previously submitted within the last 10 years

Ottawa, September 22, 2020 – Due to public health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic, a number of biometrics collection sites in and outside Canada, including some visa application centres (VACs), United States application support centers (ASCs) and designated Service Canada Centres, remain closed or have reopened with only limited services, which do not always include biometrics collection.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recognizes the impact this ongoing service disruption is having on applicants in and outside Canada. Therefore, until further notice, foreign nationals who have previously given their biometrics in support of an immigration application within the last 10 years are exempt from the requirement to give their biometrics in support of their pending or new application for permanent residence. While this temporary public policy is in place, the biometrics these applicants have previously given will be reused for screening purposes to ensure the safety and security of all Canadians as these applications move forward in processing.

Who is exempt under this public policy

Applicants are exempt under this public policy from the requirement to give their biometrics if they have both of the following:

  • a new or pending application for permanent residence made from within or outside Canada
  • already submitted their biometrics in support of an immigration application within the last 10 years

Biometric fee

Applicants should not pay the biometric fee (CAN$85) for a new application for permanent residence, even if the system asks them to pay it when they submit their application.

If an applicant has a pending permanent residence application for which they have already paid the biometric fee, and they are exempt under this public policy from the requirement to give their biometrics, IRCC will process their application and send them a refund for the biometric fee (CAN$85). Applicants do not need to do anything to initiate this refund.

For the latest information on biometrics, please keep checking Coronavirus disease (COVID-19): Biometrics and Where to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics).

2020-09-17: Gradual resumption of in-person services View

Gradual resumption of in-person services

Ottawa, September 17, 2020 — At the onset of the pandemic, IRCC moved quickly to put operational safeguards in place to protect the health and safety of our staff and those using our services. Over the past few months, IRCC has taken steps to provide virtual services where possible, but there have still been significant disruptions in our services.

For services that we haven’t been able to provide virtually, we are slowly beginning to reopen in-person services in select offices by appointment only, beginning the week of September 21, 2020.

This testing phase will allow us to assess our protocols and procedures, and ensure the safety of our staff and our clients. The lessons learned will help us plan for reopening services more widely in the future.

Please note that services are currently by appointment only. You do not need to reach out to IRCC offices for these services, as we will be reaching out to clients to schedule appointments.

The limited services being offered as of September 21, 2020, include the following:

Citizenship:

  • Vancouver Expo will be reopening for limited citizenship-related services, including citizenship knowledge re-testing and citizenship hearings, for a select cohort of applicants, to test the flow and viability of client-facing services. IRCC will be scheduling appointments by email.

Permanent residence:

  • IRCC offices in Etobicoke and Montréal are reopening for permanent residence-related services. Clients who require a permanent resident card (PR card) pick up or permanent residence determination (interview to determine the client’s status) will be contacted by email to schedule an appointment.

Asylum:

  • IRCC offices in Calgary, Edmonton, Hamilton, and Niagara Falls are reopening for limited asylum-related services.
  • IRCC will schedule appointments via epost with clients who need to collect or submit documents, provide their biometric information, or come in for an interview.
  • If this pilot goes well, IRCC offices in Vancouver (Hornby), Montréal, and Etobicoke will open in the future to provide these services.

IRCC will contact clients to book appointments based on their file status, location in Canada and other factors. Client selection is largely based on the date of the client’s application.

Only clients with scheduled appointments will be allowed to come into an IRCC office.

Biometrics:

  • If you’re a permanent residence applicant in Canada waiting to give your biometrics, you’ll receive a call from Service Canada over the next few months to book a biometrics appointment.
  • If you’re in a region where more people are waiting to give their biometrics, such as the Greater Toronto Area, it may take longer for Service Canada to call you. We know that this is a challenging and frustrating time and we are grateful for your patience. Service Canada will contact you as soon as they can.

This is a limited service. You should not go to a Service Canada Centre unless a Service Canada officer has called you and booked a biometrics appointment for you.

For more information, including what to do if your contact information has changed or an authorized representative applied on your behalf, please visit our website.

Your health and safety remain our priority, and measures are being put in place to ensure the safety of staff and clients at IRCC facilities:

  • Clients will be asked to complete a Health Canada self-assessment questionnaire before coming in for an appointment.
  • Upon arrival, clients will be asked the same questions to determine if they can enter IRCC premises.
  • All employees and clients will be required to wear masks, maintain social distance and follow signs directing the flow of foot traffic.
  • Clients will be asked to reschedule their appointment if they appear ill.

IRCC will continue to follow guidelines and recommendations set by the Public Health Agency of Canada and provincial and local public health authorities. The department will also monitor the offices where in-person services are offered to help us plan for reopening services more widely in the future.

2020-09-03: Notice - Immigration and consular assistance for those affected by the tragedy in Beirut View

Notice - Immigration and consular assistance for those affected by the tragedy in Beirut

Ottawa, September 3, 2020—As part of the government’s response to the tragedy in Beirut, Canada is making it easier and faster for Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents to return home. The Government of Canada is prioritizing travel documents for Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents in Lebanon. We’ll also waive some fees, making your return to Canada easier.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is also prioritizing visitor visa applications for immediate family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents who’ve been personally affected by the explosion in Beirut so they can join their loved ones in Canada.

Immediate family members include

  • spouses
  • common-law partners
  • dependent children
  • parents or step-parents

We’ll also be providing support to Lebanese citizens so they can stay longer in Canada temporarily if they’re not able to return home because of the explosion. They can apply to extend or renew their stay as a temporary resident in Canada, and IRCC will waive the application fees.

Who is eligible for assistance

You can apply to receive assistance if you’re a

  • Canadian citizen in Lebanon and urgently need a travel document to return to Canada, such as a
    • Canadian passport
    • temporary passport, or
    • emergency travel document
  • Canadian citizen in Lebanon and need your citizenship certificate (proof) to apply for a travel document to urgently return to Canada
  • Canadian permanent resident in Lebanon and urgently need a permanent resident travel document to travel to Canada
  • Lebanese citizen personally affected by the explosion in Beirut, and are an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident, and urgently need a visitor visa to join your loved ones in Canada
  • Lebanese citizen and your temporary resident status in Canada will soon or recently expired and you are unable to return home due to the explosion

If you’re eligible for assistance, read the instructions below to find out what you need to do to apply based on your situation.

If you have questions after reading the instructions related to your situation, email IRCC at IRCC.SituationLebanon-SituationLiban.IRCC@cic.gc.ca. We’ll respond within 5 business days.

Please note that due to local circumstances and restrictions related to COVID-19, as well as other operational challenges, the Canadian Embassy in Lebanon may need more time to respond to your inquiry.

How to qualify

To qualify for assistance, you need to

  • apply between September 3, 2020, and January 31, 2021
  • follow the instructions below for the type of application you need
  • have been living in an affected area at the time of the explosion, if you’re applying as an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or a Canadian permanent resident
  • include proof that you have been personally affected by the explosion at the Port of Beirut both when you
    • submit your application, and
    • email us to tell us you’ve applied

Each request will be considered case by case.

Steps to take if one of these scenarios applies to you

If you’re a Canadian citizen in Beirut

Follow Canada’s safety and security advice and sign up with the Registration of Canadians Abroad service to get important updates on the situation.

If you’re a Canadian citizen in Lebanon and need consular assistance – need a Canadian passport, temporary passport or emergency travel document

Contact the Embassy of Canada in Beirut at 961 4 726 700 or berut-cs@international.gc.ca

Or

Contact Global Affairs Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1-613-996-8885 or sos@international.gc.ca.

Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre can only answer questions related to consular, passport and citizenship needs of Canadian citizens. It can’t answer any questions related to immigration or visa matters.

If you’re in Lebanon and need to replace your citizenship certificate (proof) in order to get a Canadian passport

Contact the Embassy of Canada in Beirut at 961 4 726 700 or berut-cs@international.gc.ca

Or

Contact Global Affairs Canada’s Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa at +1-613-996-8885 or sos@international.gc.ca.

Or

Follow these steps

  1. Apply for proof of citizenship urgently
  2. Pay the fee ($75) for us to process your application.
  3. After you apply, email IRCC.SituationLebanon-SituationLiban.IRCC@cic.gc.ca to tell us you’ve applied to replace your Citizenship certificate and qualify to have your application prioritized.
    • Please include your full name, date of birth and if you have it available, your unique client identifier (UCI).
    • We’ll process your application within 2 business days of receiving it.
    • We’ll reimburse the application fee ($75) if you qualify to have your application prioritized for urgent travel back to Canada.

If you’re a Canadian permanent resident in Lebanon and need a permanent resident travel document

Follow these steps

  1. Apply to get a permanent resident travel document (PRTD).
  2. After you apply, send us an email IRCC.SituationLebanon-SituationLiban.IRCC@cic.gc.ca to let us know you have applied for a PRTD and qualify to have your application prioritized.
    • Please include your full name, date of birth and, if you have it available, your unique client identifier.
    • You don’t need to pay the $50 application fee to get a PRTD.

If you’re a Lebanese citizen, applying for a visitor visa and qualify to have your visitor visa application prioritized

Applications that are prioritized

To be prioritized, you must be an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident, send proof send proof personally affected by the explosion in Beirut and urgently need a visitor visa to travel to Canada to reunite with your loved ones.

Permanent residence applications from Lebanese citizens are being processed in the same way as all other permanent residence applications.

Generally, foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents can apply to come to Canada as visitors if they

  • don’t show signs of COVID-19
  • have a quarantine plan and comply with the mandatory quarantine rules
  • stay for at least 15 days
  • are admissible, and
  • travel with a valid travel document and passport

Follow these steps

  1. Make sure you meet the definition of an immediate family member.
  2. Follow the steps to apply for a visitor visa as an immediate family member.
    1. Your visa application will be screened normally to make sure you’re eligible and admissible to enter the country.
  3. When you apply for your visa, make sure you send proof of both of the following:
    1. You’re an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident.
      1. documents to use as proof that you’re an immediate family member
      2. documents that show your immediate family member’s Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status
    2. You’ve been personally affected by the explosion in Beirut.
      1. documents to use as proof that you’ve been personally affected by the explosion in Beirut
  4. After you apply:
    1. Email IRCC.SituationLebanon-SituationLiban.IRCC@cic.gc.ca to let us know you’ve applied.
    2. When you email us include your
      1. full name
      2. date of birth
      3. unique client identifier if you have it available

    and

    Send the same proof as in step 3 showing you’re an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and you’ve been personally affected by the explosion in Beirut

  5. If you haven’t given your biometrics (fingerprints and digital photo) for a previous temporary resident application, pay the biometrics fee ($85) when you submit your application.
  6. Book an appointment at the Visa Application Centre (VAC) in Beirut as soon as you receive your biometrics instruction letter from us. You can access the Beirut VAC website via Canada.ca/biometrics.

Once we receive your email, we’ll review your application to determine if it can be processed on a priority basis. You don’t have to contact us. We’ll be in touch after we review your application. The application fee ($100) won’t be reimbursed.

If you’re a Lebanese citizen, have already applied for a visitor visa, and qualify to have your visitor visa application prioritized

Applications that are prioritized

To be prioritized, you must be an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident, have been personally affected by the explosion in Beirut and urgently need to travel to Canada to reunite with your loved ones.

Permanent residence applications from Lebanese citizens are being processed in the same way as all other permanent residence applications.

Generally, foreign nationals who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents can apply to come to Canada as visitors if they

  • don’t show signs of COVID-19
  • have a quarantine plan and comply with the mandatory quarantine rules
  • stay for at least 15 days
  • are admissible, and
  • travel with a valid travel document and passport.

Follow these steps

  1. Email IRCC.SituationLebanon-SituationLiban.IRCC@cic.gc.ca to let us know you’ve already applied for a visitor visa and you qualify priority processing.
  2. When you email us, make sure you include your
    • full name
    • date of birth
    • your unique client identifier, if you have it available

    and

    Send proof of both of the following:

    1. You’re an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident.
      1. documents to use as proof that you’re an immediate family member
      2. documents that show your immediate family member’s Canadian citizenship or permanent resident status
    2. You’ve been personally affected by the explosion in Beirut.
      1. documents to use as proof that you’ve been personally affected by the explosion in Beirut

Once we receive your email, we’ll review your application to determine if it can be processed on a priority basis. You don’t have to contact us. We’ll be in touch after we review your application. The application fee ($100) won’t be reimbursed.

If you’re a Lebanese citizen in Canada and you need to extend your stay as a visitor or renew your work or study permit

Visitors

Follow these steps
  1. Apply for a visitor record to extend your stay in Canada.
    • You don’t need to pay the $100 fee and you don’t need to give your biometrics.
  2. After you apply, email IRCC.SituationLebanon-SituationLiban.IRCC@cic.gc.ca to let us know you can’t return home because of the explosion.
    • Please include your full name, date of birth and, if you have it available, your unique client identifier.

Workers

Follow these steps
  1. Apply to renew your work permit
    1. You don’t need to pay the $155 fee and you don’t need to give your biometrics.
  2. After you apply, email IRCC.SituationLebanon-SituationLiban.IRCC@cic.gc.ca to let us know you can’t return home because of the explosion.
    • Please include your full name, date of birth and, if you have it available, your unique client identifier.

Students

Follow these steps
  1. Apply to renew your study permit
    1. You don’t need to pay the $150 fee and you don’t need to give your biometrics.
  2. After you apply, email IRCC.SituationLebanon-SituationLiban.IRCC@cic.gc.ca to let us know you can’t return home because of the explosion.
    • Please include your full name, date of birth and, if you have it available, your unique client identifier.

If you’re a Lebanese citizen in Canada, and you need to restore your status as a visitor, worker or student

If your status as a visitor, worker or student has expired, you may be able to restore your status.

Follow these steps

  1. Apply to restore your status in Canada
    1. You’ll need to pay the processing fee to restore your status. This fee won’t be reimbursed.
  2. After you apply, email IRCC.SituationLebanon-SituationLiban.IRCC@cic.gc.ca to let us know you can’t return home because of to the explosion.
    • Please include your full name, date of birth and, if you have it available, your unique client identifier.

If you qualify, these fees will be waived:

  • replacement of Certificate of Citizenship (proof) ($75)
  • regular passport ($190) valid for 1 year only, proof of travel to Canada required
  • temporary passport ($110), proof of travel to Canada required
  • adult emergency travel document ($75), proof of travel to Canada required
  • child emergency travel document ($30), proof of travel to Canada required
  • lost/stolen passport replacement fee ($45)
  • permanent resident travel document ($50)
  • renewal of work permit ($155)
  • renewal of study permit ($150)
  • extension of temporary resident status ($100)

Note: The visitor visa application fee ($100) isn’t being waived.

2020-08-26: Important new measures on post-graduation work permit eligibility for students beginning programs online View

Important new measures on post-graduation work permit eligibility for students beginning programs online

Ottawa, August 26, 2020—Many prospective international students who would like to study in Canada this fall are facing uncertainty due to travel restrictions. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada recognizes this, and will continue to ensure that Canada’s immigration programs are flexible to respond to these uncertainties with 3 new measures on post-graduation work permit eligibility for students beginning programs online.

These changes are being implemented to provide more flexibility on eligibility rules for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program for students who need or want to start their Canadian study program online from abroad.

Three changes are being introduced:

  • Students may now study online from abroad until April 30, 2021, with no time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit, provided 50% of their program of study is eventually completed in Canada.
  • Students who have enrolled in a program that is between 8 and 12 months in length, with a start date from May to September 2020, will be able to complete their entire program online from abroad and still be eligible for a post-graduation work permit.
  • Students who have enrolled in a program with a start date from May to September 2020 and study online up to April 30, 2021, and who graduate from more than one eligible program of study, may be able to combine the length of their programs of study when they apply for a post-graduation work permit in the future, as long as 50% of their total studies are completed in Canada.

To be eligible for these measures, students must have submitted a study permit application before starting a program of study in the spring, summer, or fall 2020 semester, or the January 2021 semester. All students must eventually be approved for a study permit.

The easing of COVID-19 related restrictions will depend on the progress made in Canada and around the world in containing the spread of the coronavirus. IRCC will continue to closely monitor the situation and assess whether further changes are needed.

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2020-07-30: Open work permit pilot program extended for spouse or common-law partner in Canada class View

Open work permit pilot program extended for spouse or common-law partner in Canada class

Ottawa, July 30, 2020—The Government of Canada is extending the open work permit pilot for spouses and common-law partners applying for permanent residence under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class until the regulatory changes come into force to permanently implement this policy.

Support for families is a priority for the Government, and these measures ensure that applicants have the opportunity to work and contribute to the economy. The extension of these measures provides certainty and stability to spouses and common-law partners in Canada who are awaiting their permanent resident status.

The open work permits are limited to applicants living in Canada who have submitted an application under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class, and who have temporary resident status or are eligible to restore their temporary resident status (as a visitor, student or worker) and live at the same address as their sponsor.

If you were provided with a work permit under the initial pilot, you must apply for a work permit extension before your status in Canada lapses.

Submitting an application

If you are submitting a new application, you may submit a work permit application at the same time as your sponsorship application, along with an application for permanent residence. You must include the appropriate fees, and send all completed applications together. Applications must be sent by mail or courier only.

By mail

In-Canada Sponsorship
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
CPC – Mississauga
P.O. Box 5040, Station B
Mississauga, Ontario L5A 3A4

By courier

Case Processing Centre – Mississauga
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
2 Robert Speck Parkway, Suite 300
Mississauga, Ontario L4Z 1H8

If you have already submitted an application for permanent residence but have not yet applied for an open work permit, you can complete the work permit application. Send your completed application, along with the appropriate fee, to:

Case Processing Centre – Edmonton
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Work permits for spouses or common-law partners, Station 777
9700 Jasper Avenue NW, Suite 55
Edmonton, Alberta T5J 4C3

If you already have approval in principle for your permanent residence application

If you have already received approval in principle on your permanent residence application—meaning you have received a letter from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada stating you meet the permanent residence eligibility requirements, but you (or your family members) have not yet passed the medical, security and background checks—you may apply for an open work permit online.

To learn more about how COVID-19 may be affecting your application, please consult the IRCC website.

For more information, visit the Help Centre. If you have a case-specific enquiry, use the IRCC web form.

2020-07-15: COVID-19 update: New public policy on biometrics collection exemption for temporary residence applicants from within Canada in effect until further notice View

COVID-19 update: New public policy on biometrics collection exemption for temporary residence applicants from within Canada in effect until further notice

Ottawa, July 15, 2020Due to public health concerns related to COVID‑19, Service Canada closed its centres on March 27, 2020. Although Service Canada is starting to gradually reopen its offices to the public, biometrics collection services will resume at a later date.

Recognizing the impact this ongoing service disruption has on applicants in Canada, IRCC has put in place until further notice a public policy to exempt temporary residence applicants applying from within Canada from having to give their biometrics. This means we will be able to fully process and make decisions on applications.

With the public policy in place, IRCC is now able to help many temporary residence applicants in Canada to move forward with their plans, for example, to study, work or extend their stay as a visitor in the country.

We will continue to screen applicants through other means to ensure the safety and security of all Canadians.

The department is also looking at potential options to help permanent residence applicants in Canada.

Who is covered under the public policy

You’re covered under this public policy if you’re in Canada and are applying for one of the following:

  • an extension of a work permit
  • a new work permit
  • an extension of a study permit
  • a new study permit
  • a visitor visa
  • a visitor record to allow you to stay in Canada as a temporary resident
  • restoration (extension) of temporary resident status
  • a temporary resident permit

What to do if you’re in Canada and applying for temporary residence

  • Do not pay the biometric fee (CAN$85), even if the system asks you to pay it when you submit your application. Under this public policy, you’re currently exempt from the requirement to give your biometrics.
  • If you pay the biometric fee because you’ve been prompted to do so, and you receive a biometric instruction letter, you do not have to give your biometrics if you’re in Canada and applying for temporary residence. When we finalize your application, we’ll send you a refund for the biometric fee. You do not need to do anything to initiate the refund.

What do to if you’re in Canada, and you have a pending temporary residence application for which you’ve paid the biometric fee

  • Under this public policy, you’re exempt from the requirement to give your biometrics.
  • You do not need to do anything. We will process your application and send you a refund for the biometric fee (CAN$85).

For the latest information on biometrics, please keep checking our COVID-19 biometrics Web page and Canada.ca/biometrics.

2020-07-14: Extension for temporary residents applying to restore their status View

Extension for temporary residents applying to restore their status

Ottawa, July 14, 2020—Visitors and study or work permit holders in Canada normally have 90 days after their temporary immigration status expires to apply to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to restore it.

During the COVID-19 pandemic, temporary residents who remained in Canada have been encouraged to renew their work or study permits to maintain their legal status in Canada. However, the pandemic has had an impact on the ability of temporary residents to provide complete applications, and on IRCC’s ability to process them. In addition, many temporary residents have had difficulties finding flights home, with air travel limited around the world.

As a result of the pandemic and its associated challenges, a new public policy has been implemented that provides an extension to apply for restoration beyond the current 90-day timeframe for foreign nationals in Canada. Former workers, students and visitors whose status expired after January 30, 2020, and who remained in Canada will now have until December 31, 2020, to apply to restore their status, provided they meet the requirements for the type of status and authorization they are applying to restore.

The public policy also allows former work-permit holders applying for an employer-specific work permit to work while a decision on their restoration application is pending. To do so, they need to

  • have a job offer
  • submit a work permit application that is supported by a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) or an LMIA-exempt offer of employment
  • notify IRCC through the process set up for eligible foreign nationals