Who can get an Open Work Permit in Canada?

March 14, 2018

The application for an open work permit visa is a very important step for many applicants seeking to stay in Canada. We will now answer one of our most asked questions from our clients: 


How can I obtain an open work-permit visa in Canada?



Types of Work Permits in Canada: 


There are two types of temporary work permits in Canada:

  • Open work permits

  • Employer-specific work permits (closed)

The advantage of an open work permit is that the holder is not limited to one employer and may work in any location in Canada. 


Who can apply for an Open Work Permit? 


The following applicants may be eligible for an open work permit: 

  • Students who have graduated from a designated learning institution in Canada (post-graduation work permit). 

  • Spouses and common-law partners of some workers and international students.

  • Temporary residents in Canada looking to be sponsored by their spouses or common-law partners.

  • Refugees, refugee claimants, protected persons and their family members.

  • Dependent family members of some permanent residence applicants.

  • Young workers applying for a Working Holiday permit through the International Experience Canada stream. 

However, you should note that you must meet additional criteria in each of these situation in order to be eligible. 


How to apply for an Open Work Permit?


You can apply for a work permit online or by submitting a paper application. 








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