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IRCC eased work permit application requirements for family class applicants

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued an update regarding the public policy for spouses or common-law partners in Canada (SCLPC) class, as well as family class applicants applying within Canada. As of December 7, 2023, to prevent family class applicants from losing their status while awaiting acknowledgment of receipt for their permanent residence application, the IRCC will now accept open work permit applications without the acknowledgment of receipt. This policy applies to applicants who can provide the necessary proof that their work permit, study permit or temporary resident status is due to expire within two weeks.

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