Ontario Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) – Open work permits for Master’s or PhD graduates/nominees available!

As of April 19th, 2012, Opportunities Ontario: Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) will issue open work permits for those applicants who are Master’s or PhD graduates and who have been nominated by Ontario and are waiting finalization of an application for their permanent residence.

Who can apply for the Open Work Permits under this program?
Applicants must meet the following criteria:
• Must be a foreign national who is a Master’s or PhD graduate and nominee in Ontario under the Pilot Master’s Graduate Stream or the PhD Graduate Stream of the International Student Category;
• Must either currently reside in Ontario or intend to reside in Ontario for the duration of the Work Permit (WP);
• Must currently hold valid status as a Temporary Resident (TR), or be eligible to apply for restoration of TR status, if in Canada;
• Must apply for their open WP at a visa office overseas or at a Port of Entry (POE), if they have already departed Canada;
• Must have received a letter of support issued by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration.

How do you obtain an Open Work Permit under this program?
• Applications can be submitted to (1) the Case Processing Centre in Vegreville, Alberta (CPC-V) by mail (if applicant is currently in Canada and eligible to apply inland); (2) at a visa office overseas; OR (3) directly at a POE (if exempt from the requirement to obtain a temporary resident visa).
• The letter of support issued by the Ontario Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration and a copy of the applicant’s Opportunities Ontario Letter of Nomination must be included with the application.
• The Labour Market Opinion exemption code is T13.
• The work permit should specify that it is only valid for work in the Province of Ontario.
• The duration of these open WPs is eighteen (18) months, or until the expiry date of the applicant’s travel document (or passport), whichever is shorter.
• The usual work permit fee of $150.00 is payable at the time of submitting such application.