If you are an international student studying full time in Canada with a valid study permit, your spouse or common-law partner can apply for open work permit, while he or she is living with you. The study and open work permit allow spouses or common-law partners to enjoy the many job opportunities Canada has to offer.
Spouses or partners with work experience and the right qualifications can apply to work in Canada (if they so wish) for the duration of their partner’s studies. To be eligible for this open work permit, both partners must reside in Canada. The partner who wishes to study must obtain a valid study permit as well as acceptance as a full-time student at a Canadian higher institution.
The spouse or partner must have a valid work permit in a skilled or semi-skilled occupation for six (6) months. A job offer is not a requirement for applicants. Studying or working in Canada allows applicants the opportunity to gain Canadian work experience while living in the country.
When To Apply For Open Work Permit For Your Partner
Your spouse or partner can apply for an open work permit before or after they land in Canada. Generally, the work permit will be granted for the same length of time as your study permit. Your spouse or partner may not require a job offer to apply for a work permit.
There are cases where Canadian immigration offices abroad will process a partner’s work permit applications along with study permit applications. In this case, you may be required to include the additional fee for the open work permit and complete the necessary application for your partner, which is available on the consulate’s website.
Most spouses and partners come to Canada as visitors first and then apply for an open work permit after they are in Canada. So, If your partner does not need a temporary resident visa, they may be able to apply for an open work permit at the port of entry.
Open Work Permit Conditions
However, an open work permit issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) may be subject to restrictions. International students who were not hitherto required to go through an immigration medical examination before coming to Canada may be subjected to it if they work in:
- A health care setting;
- Child care; or
- Primary and secondary educational facilities
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