This change is effective as of December 15th, 2012. It applies to those individuals who have submitted an application for Permanent Residency under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, a Provincial Nominee Program, or the Federal Skilled Trades Program.
Many applicants to these programs are already working in Canada on a temporary basis. Sometimes, their temporary resident status will expire before they receive a decision on their permanent residency applications. Before this rule change, individuals in this position would have to apply for a Labour Market Opinion and/or other necessary temporary work authorization or leave Canada until a decision is reached on their Permanent Residency application. These additional work permit requests added extra work to government offices and potentially put foreign workers in difficult situations with regards to their work and life in Canada.
Applicants who meet eligibility requirements will now be able to apply for an open work permit. This permit allows the holder to work, on a temporary basis, for any Canadian employer. Eligibility requirements are as follows: