Study Abroad: H1 B Workers on Canada Permits can Bring their Family

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The Canadian government introduced a new work permit program for H1 B visa holders from the United States, effective from 16th July, 2023. The permit will allow current H1 B visa holders to work in Canada and potentially pursue permanent residency based on their qualifications. IRCC has allocated a special stream for 10000 US H1 B visa holders, which aims to provide them with more secure and long term prospects as compared to the United States. In March 2024, Canada announced that it would be processing many H1 B visa holders who applied for the pilot project before the deadline but were not granted work permits due to the declared cap. 


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Dependents of H1 B visa holders can also benefit from this initiative. Work permit holders can sponsor dependents for work, study or visit in Canada. To qualify for this H1 B visa in Canada you must be the spouse, common-law partner or dependent child of an H1 B visa holder applicant currently living in the US. Applications for open work permits for dependents must be submitted by 27th September 2024 while there is no deadline for visitor or student applications.

Study Abroad: H1 B Workers on Canada Permits can Bring their Family

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Family members of H1 B visa holders applicants who have already applied may also be eligible to apply for any of the following:

  • Temporary Resident Visa (TRV)
  • Study Permit
  • Open Work Permit

Candidates who are a family member of an H1 B visa holder who have already applied for a Canadian work permit can apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or study permit through the IRCC portal. 

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