Minister Sean Fraser made significant announcements, such as that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will be offering an open work permit extension of up to 18 months to Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) holders and Express Entry invitations to FSWP and CEC candidates will resume by “early July.”
> Express Entry invitations to FSWP, CEC, and FSTP candidates will resume in early July.
>The vast majority of new Express Entry applications will be processed within the six-month service standard. According to IRCC, current Express Entry processing times range from seven months to more than 20 months.
> Those with an expiring PGWP between January and December 2022 will qualify for an additional open work permit of up to 18 months beginning this summer. IRCC is working on a simplified process and will provide further details “in the weeks ahead.” IRCC notes that about 95,000 PGWPs will expire in 2022, and it estimates that as many as 50,000 PGWP holders could benefit from this new open work permit.
> Applicants will no longer be required to remain in Canada throughout their application is being processed.
> Applicants who also apply for an open work permit while they wait for their permanent residence application to be processed will be able to get work permits that are valid until the end of 2024. This will ensure that all endless residence applications will be finalized before applicants need to apply to extend their temporary status again.
> The immediate family members included in a principal applicant’s permanent residence application outside of Canada will be eligible to get their open work permit to support family reunification.
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