Question: I have been working in Canada as a live-in caregiver for three years now, and my contract with my current employer is about to end. I am planning to apply for an open work permit while also preparing my documents for my permanent residency application. After I submit everything, I plan to go home to my family in the Philippines. Is that possible, or will I encounter any problem?
Answer: The best thing you can do is to visit your family AFTER you receive your open work permit. If you exit Canada and you don’t have your permit yet upon your return, you will not be allowed to enter. The airport officer will have to verify your employment. But since you will no longer be under your current employer (and you don’t have your open work permit yet), you might be refused entry. When that happens, even your application for permanent residency might not be processed. Therefore, the best thing to do is for you to wait for your open work permit before going home so that you are assured that you can return to Canada with no problem.