New Temporary Public Policy to Facilitate Processing of Some H-1B Open Work Permit Applications

Are you or your family members applying for an H-1B open work permit in Canada? Here’s what you need to know about the new temporary public policy announced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC):

Overview: Effective September 27, 2023, a new temporary public policy aims to streamline the processing of specific applications received under the H-1B open work permit measure introduced on July 16, 2023. This policy clarifies internal processing procedures and does not invite new principal applicants to apply now.

Key Points:

  1. Authorization to Process:
    • IRCC can process a limited number of applications received more than the cap and submitted simultaneously when the cap was reached on July 17, 2023.
    • Applications submitted by immigration representatives through the Authorized Paid Representatives Portal before the cap was reached on July 17, 2023, are also eligible for processing.
    • Work permit applications for accompanying family members, including those who have already applied for a work permit or plan to apply within the next 12 months, will be processed.
  2. Waiver of Study Permit Processing Fees:
    • Minor children (17 and under) of H-1B holders applying for a work permit under the initial H-1B open work permit measure are eligible for waived study permit processing fees.
    • This waiver addresses issues some H-1B applicants faced who couldn’t submit study permit applications for their minor children.

Application Instructions: The IRCC website provides detailed instructions for family members of principal applicants on how to apply under the new public policy and eligibility criteria for waiving study permit fees.

Impact and Importance: Facilitating the entry of experts in STEM fields and other highly skilled professions into Canada is crucial for addressing labour market shortages and skills gaps. Canada remains committed to attracting top foreign talent, reinforcing its position as a global leader in talent acquisition.

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Stay informed and take advantage of these facilitative measures to expedite your immigration process to Canada!

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