Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada introduced a new temporary measure that will accelerate work permit issuance for asylum claimants in CanadaImmigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada.
Under this measure, a work permit will be issued for individuals in Canada following their eligibility determination, and prior to the in-person interview and referral to the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB). This includes claims currently in the backlog and those submitted, going forward.
In order to receive a work permit under this accelerated process, the asylum claimant must:
The application for a work permit will automatically be generated once the above noted criteria has been met and the refugee application has received a positive eligibility determination. No additional information or forms are required for this accelerated measure.
What remains the same:
How to receive work permit
The application for a work permit will automatically be generated once the above noted criteria has been met following an assessment of the refugee application. Once instructions are sent, including the Acknowledgment of Claim, an immigration medical examination with a panel physician must be completed, and/or biometrics captured, as these steps are required in order for the work permit to be issued.
The work permit will be issued as soon as the immigration medical examination has been completed.
Once the work permit has been issued, it will be sent to the mailing address of the claimant. It is important that addresses are kept up to date. To change an address, please refer online or through our Web form.
This temporary measure is expected to remain in effect for 18 months, however, we will continue to monitor the situation.