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Changes to the Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident Pathway Program

The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced three changes today to the Temporary Resident to Permanent Resident pathway program. While intake under this program is now closed, these changes will affect those with applications currently in process. The changes are as follows:

  1. Applicants will no longer be required to remain in Canada while their application is being processed.
  2. Applicants who apply for an open work permit while waiting for their permanent residence application to be finalized could be eligible for work permits valid until the end of 2024; and
  3. Immediate family members who are outside Canada and who were included in a principal applicant’s permanent residence application can be eligible for an open work permit.