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Lost Job while permanent residence application in process

Discussion in 'Provincial Nomination Program Immigration' started by sk0101, Sep 15, 2018.

  1. Hi everyone,

    This is my first post here, so please let me know if I have posted it in wrong forum.

    So here is my situation:
    • I came here as a student, graduated in 2016 summer, applied for my PGWP, got it approved in 1 month.
    • Worked for 1st employer for almost 1 year.
    • Switched to a 2nd employer in 2017 and applied for OINP - PNP - Employer Job Offer: International Student Stream at the same time, got that approved in 1 month. Applied for permanent residence in 10 days after PNP approval.
    • I got medical request in end June 2018, got it done in start of July and status is passed.
    • Now, my PGWP (which is an open work permit) is about to expire in November 2018 (in next 2 months)
    • After almost 1 year and 3 months working for 2nd employer, they have started laying-off people (because of some bad circumstances of company), and I am one of them.

    • The PNP, I have says restricted to 2nd employer name, but that was expired after 6 months of the issue date.
    • The PNP also came with Work Permit support letter with 2nd employer name on it. And it also says that "This letter must be used in support of a work permit application within 6 months to remain valid". I am not sure what does that mean.
    • My wife is a dependent in all above applications including WorkPermit, and PR.

    Am I still eligible to apply for BOWP, or Open Work Permit ??

    I have done little research about BOWP. here is the link about BOWP eligibility, according to this, it looks like I am not eligible:
    Also I tried creating an application on CIC portal, with the situation I explained above and selected "applied for permanent residence", and "no job offer" in one of option in questioner. It gave me option for Open Work Permit, I checked the requirement of the documents, and there were simple documents it didn't even asked for PNP or PR or any supporting letter.

    I am not sure what should I do :( ??? Please Help!!!
  2. #2 sk0101, Sep 15, 2018 at 3:10 PM
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2018
    LifeDreamer: "Do you have employment restrictions as conditions of your nomination? i.e. Did you sign a pledge to work for a specific employer, job or industry as permanent resident? Check your PNP.

    In any case, your PR application is fine despite you being laid off now. What matters are your conditions at the time you had applied and understandably things can take unpredictable turns as in your case."

    @LifeDreamer above is your post you responded on my other thread, which is just deleted, as it was duplicate of this one.
  3. @LifeDreamer Answer to your post:

    Yes, I have restriction on my PNP says "Restricted to the Ontario employer - 2nd employer name"

    and on WorkPermit support letter there is a heading Employer: and it says "2nd Employer name"
  4. In that case it appears that you do not qualify for an open work permit from IRCC while your PR application is being processed. However, to be sure you need to check the letter issued to you by Ontario for any employment restrictions placed. Listing an employer name does not mean that there are restrictions. See below:
    Since you have very short time left. I would suggest you contact the provincial nomination office and inquire directly whether you have employment restrictions placed on your PNP or not.
  5. Thanks @LifeDreamer, sure will do that on Monday.
  6. If you had obtained OINP due to a job offer that was given by your employer. Once you lose that job offer, you are also no longer qualified under OINP and hence your PR application is also invalidated.

    Check your nomination certificate. It will state if there is employment restrictions. But i am assuming there is employment restrictions for your OINP.

    You will need the work permit support letter from OINP but they will need to confirm your job first before issuing the letter.
  7. I
    I Think you should takk to province ask for give you some time and find another employer who agrees to support you.
  8. Thanks for you reply. Are you sure about that, I will lose my PR application as well ?

    And as I mentioned, my work permit is about to expire, not even sure if any other employer will accept me.

    I think in any case, I'll have to call "Ontario Minister of Citizenship and Immigration" to get me a valid work permit support letter, as both my PNP and support letter were expired in Jan 2018.
  9. Thanks for your reply. Not sure if that's really possible, even not sure if any other employer will accept me because of my WorkPermit situation.

    Although it's completely unclear that my PGWP is still an Open Work Permit or not.
  10. #10 sk0101, Sep 16, 2018 at 11:08 AM
    Last edited: Sep 16, 2018
    There is another thing I forgot to mention.

    Because of my passport validation, I didn't receive full duration on PGWP work permit (which is 3 years), and I received 2 years and 5 months of validation.

    My PGWP work permit has following remarks:
    am I eligible to apply for extension of my PGWP work permit ?

    That's the only thing which I received based on my education.
  12. Yes if you somehow lost your job OINP may revoke your nomination and notify IRCC that you are not longer qualified for PR. You must find a new job and update OINP in order to keep your nomination. The job offer must be similar to what you submitted before to OINP.
  13. @Fabiorf

    Yes OP must maintain his condition of nomination while his PR is processing. So if he had got approved by OINP by providing a job offer then he must still have the job offer until the day he lands as PR.

    Well to my personal experience, my brother had the same situation as OP, PNP gave him 45 days to find a new job offer and update his PNP nomination. He had already got his work permit for the current employer approved recently but he was let go at the job. Meaning he cannot work for any employer since his work permit was closed.

    He told PNP and they said back to him since he got PNP based on a job offer, he must find a new job offer in 45 days before PNP will notify IRCC and cancel his PR application. So my brother found a new job offer within the 45 days and updated PNP and PNP gave him a new PNP certificate with work permit support letter
  14. So, does your brother needs to reapply for PR after getting another PNP for new employer ? or they just updated the information for both PNP and PR application ?
  15. Is applying for Bridging open work permit not feasible for his situation?
    I mean his PR application is already rolling, that means he is eligible...

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