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Worker Spouse Open Work Permit Canada

If your spouse is currently working in Canada, or if you have applied to be sponsored for permanent residence by your spouse or partner in Canada, you may be eligible for an open work permit.These open work permits do not restrict the spouse to a specific employer, location, and occupation. The spouse’s work permit will be issued for no longer than the principal’s permit period.

What is a spouse open work permit?
A spouse open work permit allows the spouse of certain temporary Canadian permit holders to work anywhere in Canada, for any employer, with few restrictions.common-law partners of skilled workers, full-time students, and principal applicants of certain permanent resident applications may be eligible to work in Canada on an open work permit provided relevant preconditions are met. 

Who can apply for a spouse open work permit?
Individuals who have applied to be sponsored by their spouse, or those whose spouses are in Canada on a study or work permit may be able to apply for a spousal open work permit. The requirements for applying for a spousal open work permit depend on the type of status your spouse has in Canada.

Eligibility requirements for a spousal work permit and visa
To qualify for a spousal open work permit, you must meet certain minimum requirements, including:

  • Must be in a genuine relationship with a qualifying foreign national principal applicant, permanent resident, or citizen.
  • Must be eligible to apply as the spouse of a qualifying foreign national, or as an in Canada sponsorship applicant (see above); and
  • Are not criminally or medically inadmissible to Canada
  • A worker who has LMIA work permit, can sponsor spousal work visa to Canada
  • A worker must possess Knock A/B/O or Higher-level Jobs to sponsor their spouse 

How long does a spouse open work permit take to process?
The processing time for a spousal open work permit will depend on what type of permit your spouse applied for. To check the approximate processing time for a particular application, visit Canada’s dedicated webpage.A SOWP is tied to the permit of the spouse, or ‘lead applicant’, and will only be valid for as long as the lead applicant’s permit. If your SOWP expires, you will need to reapply based on your spouse’s permit.

How long is a spouse open work permit valid?
A spousal open work permit can only be issued for as long as the Student/Spouse permit. If the applicant’s passport is expiring soon, it will not be issued beyond the validity of their passport.

How to apply for a spouse open work permit
The spouse open work permit application procedure will differ depending on which type of spouse open work permit you need. The first step is determining which work permit is best for you. If you need help figuring out the application, simply contact us and a member of our team will assist you with scheduling a consultation.

  • Make sure they have what they need
  • Read the instruction guide
  • Prepare their answers for the online tool
  • Know the fees you must pay
  • Create their online account or sign in

When to apply for a spouse open work permit
When you can apply for a spouse open work permit will depend on which category you are applying under. For more information on when you can apply, contact us to set up a consultation.

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