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Family of some temporary foreign workers now eligible for Canadian Work permits

Family of some temporary foreign workers now eligible for Canadian Work permits

The International Mobility Program or the Temporary Foreign Worker Program's high-wage stream workers' families are eligible to apply for an open work permit. Family members of some temporary foreign workers (TFWs) will be qualified for work permits as of today, January 30.

Sean Fraser, minister of immigration, stated that the temporary foreign worker program (TFWP) and International Mobility Program will temporarily extend work permits to family members of primary applicants (IMP). This action will aid Canada in addressing its ongoing labor shortfall.

According to the revised policy, everyone who satisfies the following requirements is now eligible for a work permit:

- They are a work permit holder's spouse, common-law partner, or dependent child who: works in a job requiring any combination of training, education, experience, and responsibilities.

- It is the main applicant and possesses a valid work permit (for example post-graduation work permit holders at all skill levels).

- They are an economic class permanent resident applicant's spouse, common-law partner, or dependent child who also has a work visa.

The low-wage stream of the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program and the Agricultural Stream of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program does not currently accept applications from spouses, common-law partners, or dependents of workers in TEER 4 or 5 jobs.

New licenses will facilitate integration.

Work permits were exclusively accessible to the wives and family members of primary applicants in high-skilled occupations before the law went into force today. The government intends to relieve some of the pressure on workers by enhancing financial stability and making it simpler for families to remain together and integrate into their communities by temporarily granting work licenses to TFWs' spouses, dependent children, and common-law partners.

More than 645,000 work permits were awarded in Canada between January and October 2022. Compared to the 163,000 issued during the same time period in 2021, this is almost four times as many. Children of principal applicants of all skill levels who are working age (16 years old or older) are covered by the policy for the next two years. Families of employees in the healthcare, trades, and hospitality industries are included. Over 200,000 international employees' families are expected to be able to enter Canada thanks to this scheme.

The minister stated in Edmonton last December that "employers across the country continue to cite a lack of labor as their biggest hurdle." "Today's decision will assist firms in filling their labor shortages by extending work permits to family members at all skill levels. As a result, over 200,000 international employees' families will be able to find employment in Canada. Our government will keep assisting businesses in finding qualified people while simultaneously promoting employee welfare and bringing families together.

The measure will be implemented in three stages.

To ensure the interim measure's successful execution, it will be carried out in three stages. Phases two and three's start and end dates have not yet been revealed:

- Family members of workers entering Canada under the high-wage stream of the TFWP or the IMAP will be able to apply for an open work permit under Phase 1.

- Following consultations, Phase 2 will try to extend the measure to relatives of workers from the Temporary Foreign Worker Program's low-wage stream.

- In order to determine if extending the policy to the families of agricultural workers is operationally feasible, phase three will involve dialogue with agricultural partners and stakeholders.

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