Open Work Permit



Open Work Permit

An open work permit is designed for foreign nationals willing to work in Canada. With this type of permit, foreign individuals can work for any Canadian employer in any location for a fixed time period. In addition to that, the open work permits are exempt from Labour Market Impact Assessment, making it a sought-after choice for many across the world.

There are, however, restricted open work permits which limits an individual from working in a specific job or industry. Foreign workers can apply for an open work permit from anywhere, even from outside Canada.


More about Work Permits

Like most work permits in Canada, the open work permit is also valid for 1-2 years which can be extended or changed by a Canadian Visa officer.

According to the latest release of the IRCC, candidates who are yet to receive the Permanent Residency status in Canada can apply for an open work permit.


Eligibility of the Open Work Permits

Candidates are eligible for an open work permit if he/she is:-

  • A Spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner of a foreign skilled worker or international student.
  • Any international graduate who has completed a study program of a minimum 8 months duration.
  • Already applied for Permanent Residency through inland spousal sponsorship.
  • Already residing in Canada as a refugee or protected person.


Programs for Open Work Permits

These are the most common programs through which Open Work Permits are issued

Inland Spousal Sponsorship Open Work Permit: Valid for individuals who are spouse/partner of a Canadian citizen or Permanent Resident. A temporary residence permit and PR application are required to be eligible.

Post Graduate Work Permit: For international students who have graduated from a designated learning institution in Canada. Through this applicants can earn valid Canadian work experience.

Bridging Open Work Permit: Only people who have applied for Permanent Residency through FSWP, FSTP, PNP, or Canadian Experience Class can avail of this type of open work permit.

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