Canada to give Open Work Permits to abused OFWs

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Global News reported that Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and migrant workers from other countries will be granted additional protections if they find themselves being exploited by their Canadian employers or their third party representatives such as immigration consultants or lawyers, including Open Work Permits.




CANADA TO GIVE OFWS OPEN WORK PERMITS

Effective June 4, 2019, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will allow OFWs who are abused by their Canadian employer or recruitment agencies to apply for an Open Work Permit.

The Open Work Permit will allow OFWs to work for any Canadian employer who will hire them.

Canadian employers must still follow the minimum provincial employment standards, such as minimum wage and other benefits.

IRCC Minister Ahmed Hussen announced in Winnipeg, MB that OFWs should not “fear losing their job when they are being mistreated in their place of work.”




VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC ABUSE TO ALSO RECEIVE OPEN WORK PERMITS

Changes were also announced by Hussen for non-Permanent Residents who are victims of domestic abuse.

Effective July 26, non-Permanent Residents who find themselves experiencing domestic abuse can also apply for a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) free of charge.

Victims of domestic abuse will not only be given the TRV, but will also receive a Work Permit and provincial healthcare coverage.

During the event, Hussen went on to say that “no partner should be more fearful of losing their immigration status instead of escaping abuse.”




CANADA TO ALLOW PERMANENT RESIDENTS AND CITIZENS TO SPONSOR PREVIOUSLY UNDECLARED FAMILY MEMBERS

Hussen also mentioned that IRCC is launching a pilot program that will allow Permanent Residents to sponsor previously undeclared qualified dependents.

The pilot program will “last two years — from Sept. 9, 2019, to Sept. 9, 2021. Applications that are already in process will also benefit from this pilot project,” Hussen said.





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