One of the new pilot projects in BC allows spouses, common-law partners and working-age dependents (18-22 yrs. of age) of most temporary foreign workers (TFWs) to work while they are here with the principal applicant who has been issued a valid job-specific work permit of at least six (6) months duration in a BC work location.
In the past, only spouses and common-law partners of TFWs employed in a managerial, professional or skilled occupation are eligible to apply for an open work permit in BC. Now, this unique first of a kind pilot project allows more family members of workers, including those in the lower-skilled occupations, to be eligible for an open work permit which allows the holder to accept any job with any employer in BC.
Up to 1800 open work permits will be available under the pilot project which will end on February 15, 2013.
Family members of live-in caregivers, certain seasonal agricultural workers and international experience Canada participants are ineligible for this pilot project.