Case type codes on Canadian work permit documents
Every profession comes with unique jargon and acronyms. Of course, the Canadian immigration system is no exception. Some of these terms and abbreviations are easy to understand. However, some of them seem remote. Consequently, we have developed a glossary to assist you in understanding those concepts. Regardless, some terms deserve a standalone article. Case type codes on Canadian work permit documents are some of them.
When a foreign national intends to work in Canada, they need authorization. Sometimes, you may work in Canada without a work permit. However, you must hold a work permit in most circumstances. Unless you are already inside Canada, you receive your work permit document at a port of entry. Of course, you must already have approval from an immigration officer. The following image shows a highly redacted work permit sample. Regardless, I have used an old format work permit to prevent abuse. As you can see, one of the main elements of a work permit is a case-type code that appears in the middle of the document.
A typical code consists of two digits. I requested the codes from IRCC, and they shared the following list with me. However, this list may not be comprehensive.
|07||The US government|
|08||The US government (dependent)|
|20||Worker Not Elsewhere Specified|
|26||National of a communist country|
|29||Refused application for permanent resident|
|54||Same employer or Subsequent open work permit|
|56||Post Graduation work permit (PGWP)|
|57||Live-in caregiver work permit|
|58||International Experience Canada (IEC)|
|59||Co-op work permit|
Some of these codes seem outdated. For example, code 26 makes no sense in the 21st century. However, many of them are still in effect. The case-type codes help immigration authorities quickly understand the nature of the work permit. Of course, the officers could look into GCMS for more information. The GCMS is a giant database. Therefore, a quick glance at the code could answer many questions.
Now that you are familiar with case-type codes on Canadian work permits, you may consider reading the following articles. Of course, I have cherry-picked some of the items that seem more relevant.
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