The spouses and common law partners of Canadian citizens or permanent residents can now breathe a sigh of relief as Canada sets to issue an amendment to its existing rules for inland spousal applicants.
Contrary to its previous regulation that prohibits inland applicants from working while their application is being processed, Canada announces that it will now issue an open work permit to qualified spouses and common law partners who have made an inland spousal application towards becoming permanent residents.
A Look at the Spouses or Common-Law Partners in Canada (SCLPC) Class
Canada’s Spouses or Common-Law Partners in Canada class allows the foreign spouse of permanent residents and Canadian citizens to immigrate to Canada and be with their partner.
This program enables them to apply for permanent residency via two ways – inland application (where they stay in Canada while the application is being processed) or outland application (where they stay in their home country and apply to the visa office representing Canada in their country). Applicants can choose any of the two means, but with a catch.
Outland applications will allow applicants to continue with their career and pursue growth in their field, although they would have to spend their time away from their partner while the processing is ongoing.
Meanwhile, inland applications will allow applicants to stay in Canada and be with their spouse or partner. However, inland applicants are currently prohibited from working and pursuing any career at all until their application has been processed and approved.
Both means of applications have benefits, but both also have disadvantages. No matter which means you choose, you will have to give up one thing. It’s either your time with your partner or your career.
Changes in the SCLPC
The said setup has been causing considerable strain among families, but Canada is working towards addressing the problem and making an inland application a more appealing option for many. Canada will now be issuing an open work permit to applicants who have made an inland spousal application so that they can continue working while awaiting the result of their application. The said permit will allow them to work for any employer or company for a certain amount of time.
Canada is set to issue the first batch of permits to those who have already submitted their application for permanent residence. Those who have already been given approval on the latter can apply for an open work permit via the Internet. Those who are still planning to apply for permanent residency (specifically any applicant who submit application after Dec. 22, 2014) are advised to submit both their application for permanent residence and an application for an open work permit together. The government aims to process each application within 4 months.
This program will make it easier for spouses and common law partners to get on with their life while waiting for a transition to a life in Canada.