Spousal Open Work Permit
Are you a spouse or common-law partner of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident? If so, you may be eligible for a spousal work permit, which will allow you to work in Canada. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the basics of a spousal work permit, including eligibility requirements, benefits, and how to apply.
To be eligible for a spousal work permit, you must meet the following requirements:
- Your spouse or common-law partner must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
- You must be in Canada with valid temporary resident status as a visitor, student, or worker.
- You must demonstrate that your spouse or common-law partner can financially support you.
- You must not be inadmissible to Canada due to a criminal record or other reasons.
- You must undergo a medical examination if you plan to work in certain occupations or for more than six months.
- If you meet these requirements, you may be eligible for a spousal work permit. Keep in mind that spousal work permits are only valid for the same period as your spouse’s study or work permit.
Benefits of a Spousal Work Permit
A spousal work permit offers a number of benefits, including:
- The ability to work for any Canadian employer without a job offer and without having to go through the process of obtaining a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
- The opportunity to gain valuable Canadian work experience, which can help you qualify for permanent residence through programs such as the Canadian Experience Class or the Provincial Nominee Program.
- The ability to earn income and contribute to your family’s financial stability.
- The chance to network with Canadian employers and colleagues, which can help you find future job opportunities.
- How to Apply for a Spousal Work Permit
To apply for a spousal work permit, you will need to submit an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC). The application process involves completing various forms, providing supporting documents, and paying a processing fee.
Here are the steps you’ll need to take to apply for a spousal work permit:
Step 1: Determine your eligibility
Make sure you meet all the eligibility requirements for a spousal work permit. If you’re unsure whether you’re eligible, consult an immigration lawyer or consultant for guidance.
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Step 2: Gather supporting documents
You’ll need to provide several supporting documents with your application, including:
Proof of your spouse’s Canadian citizenship or permanent residency status
Proof of your own identity
Proof of your current status in Canada
Evidence that your spouse or common-law partner can financially support you
A letter of offer from an employer (if you have one)
Step 3: Complete the application forms
You’ll need to complete several forms as part of your spousal work permit application, including:
Application for Work Permit Made Outside of Canada (if you’re outside Canada)
Application to Change Conditions, Extend My Stay or Remain in Canada as a Visitor or Temporary Resident Permit Holder (if you’re inside Canada)
Document Checklist (IMM 5556)
Step 4: Submit your application and pay the fee
Once you’ve completed the forms and gathered the necessary supporting documents, you can submit your application to IRCC. You’ll need to pay a processing fee as part of the application process.
Step 5: Wait for a decision
IRCC will review your application and make a decision on whether to grant you a spousal work permit. The processing time for spousal work permit applications varies depending on the volume of applications and other factors