IRCC launched this pilot program in 2014 and kept on extending it up to 2019 to keep families together in Canada. This inland spousal sponsorship program permits spouses or partners the facility to get an open work permit while their application is getting processed during their stay in Canada. In this way, the families are never separated and torn away from one another.
Eligibility Criteria for Inland Spousal Sponsorship Open Work Permit: The applicants must meet the following requirements to apply under this program –
- The applicant must be a spouse, common-law partner or a conjugal partner, including same-sex partner.
- The applicant must have an authentic resident status.
- The applicant must be living with their partner (the sponsor) to establish that they are in a genuine relationship.