Effective July 1, 2009, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) has unveiled a Pilot Project which will allow dependent children of temporary foreign workers in Ontario and Alberta to obtain an open work permit.
Normally, dependent children of temporary foreign workers would have to meet the same requirements of other foreign workers to obtain a work permit. This includes having an offer of employment and in most cases, obtaining a positive Labour Market Opinion from Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (also known as Service Canada). With this Pilot Project, however, those residing in Alberta or Ontario may now apply for an open work permit on the basis of their parent’s work permit. The child need not have an offer of employment, and no LMO will need to be obtained.
Not everyone will qualify for this new work permit, however. In order for a dependent child to qualify for an open work permit under this Pilot Project, the following criteria must be met:
1. The dependent child’s parent must hold an employer-specific work permit valid for 6 months or longer;
2. The dependent child’s parent must be working in either Alberta or Ontario in a skilled occupation (classified as Skill Level O,A, or B under the National Occupational Classification);
3. The dependent child meets standard criteria to work in Canada; and
4. The dependent child meets the minimum age requirement for the province. Specifically, children in Alberta must be between the ages of 18-22 years old, while children in Ontario must be at least 14 years or older.
If all of the above criteria have been met, CIC will issue an open work valid for 1 year or for the duration of the parent or guardian’s work permit. The work permit will allow the dependent child to work for any employer in the province in which the parent or guardian works (Alberta or Ontario).
The Pilot Project is currently applicable to Alberta and Ontario only, and will be in effect from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2010 inclusive. For further information and updates regarding participation of other provinces or future extensions to the Pilot Project, please contact PricewaterhouseCoopers Immigration Law LLP.
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