Spouse Open Work Permit

Spouse Open Work Permit

Many individuals aspire to travel, work, and reside alongside their spouses. Recognizing the importance of family reunification, the Government of Canada has established various programs. The Spousal Open Work Visa is designed for those seeking to live with their spouses or common-law partners. This program includes a special provision that enables the spouses of students, skilled workers, and permanent residents to work in Canada. Commonly known as the Spousal Open Work Permit, this permit comes with minimal restrictions, allowing the spouse of certain temporary Canadian permit holders to work anywhere in the country for any employer. 

Spousal Open Work Permit


Spouse or Common-Law Partners may qualify to apply for an open work permit under following programs:

Spouses or common-law partners of skilled workers (C41)

 

Spouses or common-law partners of skilled workers coming to Canada or already working in the country have the opportunity to apply for an open work permit without requiring a specific job offer. A dependent spouse or common-law partner is eligible to apply for an open work permit under the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exemption code C41 if the principal foreign worker:

Specific eligibility requirements for different programs

 

1.  Spouses or common-law partners of Atlantic Immigration Pilot (AIP) work permit holders have the option to apply for an open work permit when their spouse or common-law partner is participating in the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP) and is employed in a position classified under National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill types 0, A, B, or C.

2. The following are the eligibility criteria applicable for Spouses or common-law partners of Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) holders:

3. Spouses or common-law partners of Open Work Permit holders

If the principal foreign worker holds an open work permit, such as a post-graduation work permit or a working holiday work permit, they must be engaged in employment within a skilled occupation (NOC 0, A, or B)

 

 

4. Spouses or common-law partners of Provincial Nominee work Permit holders

Spouses or common-law partners of work permit holders nominated for permanent residence by a province are eligible for open work permits throughout the duration of the provincial nominee principal applicant’s work permit or until the expiration of the spouse or common-law partner’s passport or travel document, whichever comes first. This is applicable regardless of the skill level of the principal applicant’s occupation.

5. Spouses or common-law partners of full-time students (C42)
 

Spouses or common-law partners of international students currently studying in Canada are eligible to apply for an open work permit. A dependent spouse or common-law partner can apply for an open work permit under Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exemption code C42 if their spouse or common-law partner holds a study permit and is a full-time student at:

Spouses or common-law partners of full-time students are eligible for open or open/restricted work permits, depending on whether a medical examination has been passed. There is no need for an offer of employment before issuing a work permit.


Validity

Work permits may be issued with a validity date to coincide with the spouse’s study permit.


6. Spouses or common-law partners under Inland Spousal Sponsorship
 

Open work permits under this program are specifically available to applicants residing in Canada who have applied under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada class. Eligible individuals must have temporary resident status or be in a position to restore their temporary resident status (as a visitor, student, or worker) and must reside at the same address as their sponsor. An open work permit enables spouses/common-law partners to work in Canada while their permanent residency application is in process.

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