Apply for H-1B Open Work Permit in Canada: New Temporary Public Policy

quick refresher

Canada introduced a temporary policy allowing U.S. H-1B visa holders to apply for a Canadian open work permit without a  job offer.  The 10,000-application cap was reached within 48 hours of the program's July 2023 launch.

On March 18, 2024, Canada clarified policies to accept certain H-1B applications exceeding the 10,000 cap, especially those filed by authorized representatives before reaching the limit.

Key takeaways

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1. H-1B Family Members

Family members of H-1B open work permit applicants in Canada are eligible for work permits. The previous temporary policy issued on September 27, 2023, requires family members of H-1B open work permit holders to apply by September 27, 2024.

2. Study Permit Fee Waiver for Minors

The March 18 update also exempts minor children (17 and under) of  H-1B pathway applicants from study permit fees.  This exemption is valid until September 27, 2024.

3. Cap Excess Flexibility

Finally, Canada's new policy allows processing of slightly more than 10,000 H-1B applications, accommodating those submitted at the time the cap was met. Excess applications won't be auto-rejected, offering hope to those who submitted in time.

Stay informed with our in-depth article on Canada's new H-1B Open Work Permit policy.  Visit the link below for more info!