Inland Spousal/Common-Law Partner Sponsorship: Open Work Permit Pilot Program
This pilot program allows spouses and common-law partners of Canadians or Permanent Residents to be granted an open work permit while their inland sponsorship application for permanent residence is being processed.
The Spousal Sponsorship program is a subsection of the Family Class immigration category, under which a Canadian or permanent resident (the sponsor) may sponsor his or her spouse or common-law partner (the sponsored person) for Canadian permanent residence. Inland sponsorship is a type of spousal sponsorship available to couples who are already living together in Canada where the spouse/common-law partner has temporary status in Canada, either as a worker, student, or visitor.
IRCC aims to process applications submitted through the Spousal Sponsorship program within 12 months.The Open Work Permit Pilot Program can help to mitigate the economic and emotional hardships of a long application process by removing the need for a spouse to choose between being with his or her partner and being able to work.
1) A permanent residence application must be submitted under the 2) Spousal/Common-Law Partner Sponsorship Immigration Program; 3) A Canadian citizen or permanent resident spouse/common-law partner has submitted a sponsorship application on their behalf; 4) The applicant must reside at the same address as the sponsor (spouse/common-law partner); 5) The applicant must have valid temporary resident status (as a visitor, student, or worker); and 6) The applicant and the sponsor must meet all eligibility requirements under spousal or common-law partner sponsorship.