Spouses and common-law mates of Canadians may get an open work permit while their application for permanent residency through inland sponsorship is being handled.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) seek to complete Spousal Sponsorship program applications in 12 months. The Open Work Permit Program permits foreign spouses to work while awaiting IRCC’s decision.
Removing the requirement for a spouse to choose either living with their partner or being able to work can assist relieve the economic and emotional challenges of a lengthy application process.
An open work permit is neither employer- nor position-specific and permits the bearer to work for nearly any Canadian business without a prior job offer. Typically, these work permits are good for two years or until the applicant’s passport expires, whichever comes first.
To get an open work visa for a spouse, the following requirements must be met:
- A permanent residence application should be submitted through the Spousal/Common-Law Partner Sponsorship Immigration Program;
- The candidate must live at the same address as the sponsor (spouse/common-law partner);
- The candidate must have valid temporary resident status (as a visitor, student, or worker);
- The applicant and sponsor must satisfy all spousal or common-law partner sponsorship eligibility requirements.
It is possible to apply simultaneously for an open work visa and sponsorship. If you have previously filed for sponsorship, you can apply online for a work permit when IRCC confirms receipt of your application.
Suppose the spouse or common-law partner does not have a valid status at the time of application. In that case, IRCC will handle their work permitting process once the application for permanent residence has been accepted in general.
Consult with us and check if you are eligible for a Canadian Spousal Open Work Permit!