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H1-B specialty occupation visa holders

H1-B visa holders can work in Canada

H1-B specialty occupation visa holders in the USA are eligible to apply for an open work permit to come to Canada as of July 16, 2023. Approved applicants will receive an open work permit of up to three years in duration, which means they will be able to work for almost any employer anywhere in Canada. Their spouses and dependants will also be eligible to apply for a temporary resident visa, with a work or study permit, as needed.

In the news release of June 27, 2023, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) announced that this measure is to remain in effect for one year, or until IRCC receives 10,000 applications. Only principal applicants will count towards this number, not accompanying family members.

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For more detailed information about Open Work Permits and eligibility requirements for the new program, please feel free to contact our office or complete our online assessment questionnaire: On-line Assessment Questionnaire.