Spouse Open Work Permit

If your Spouse/commom-law patner is a full-time student AND hold a valid study permit, then you may be eligible to apply for and obtain a Spouse open work permit to work in Canada.

What is an open work permit?

An open work permit does not list a specific employer so it allows the holder to work full-time in almost any occupation in any location in Canada. Some occupations where it is important to protect public health may require an additional medical exam (i.e: working in a daycare, school, health services field, agricultural sector). An offer of employment is not required in order to apply for this type of work permit.

If your spouse/partner is currently India (outside of Canada)

Option 1:

  • Spouse/partner applies for an open work permit at a visa office in india. If the application is approved, spouse/partner will be issued a Letter of Introduction for a Work Permit and also be issued a Temporary Resident Visa or Electronic Travel Authorization, if required.
  • Spouse/partner enters Canada, is issued an open work permit and can begin working.

Option 2:

  • Spouse/partner applies to enter Canada as a visitor (depending on country of citizenship, they may need to apply for and obtain a Temporary Resident Visa or Electronic Travel Authorization). If the application is approved, spouse/partner enters Canada as a visitor.
  • Once in Canada as a visitor, the spouse/partner can apply for an open work permit online or by paper through the IRCC office inside of Canada. If the application is approved, an open work permit will be issued and the spouse/partner can begin working.
If your spouse/partner is currently inside of Canada
  • If your spouse/partner has valid status as a visitor in Canada, they can apply for an open work permit online or by paper through the IRCC office inside of Canada. If the application is approved, an open work permit will be issued and the spouse/partner can begin working