The Open Work Permit Bnefits
Under Canadian immigration regulations, foreign spouses and common-law partners of temporary foreign workers and foreign students, who themselves want to work in Canada, will need an open work permit.
Open work permits are also available through the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program for international students.
In addition, a pilot program introduced in December, 2014, allows spouses and common-law partners being sponsored through the Inland Spousal/Common-Law Partner Sponsorship of the Family Class to be granted an open work permit while the application for permanent residence is being processed.
The holder of an open work permit can work for any Canadian employer, without first having a confirmed offer of employment. An open work permit is not job-specific.
To be eligible for an open work permit, the spouse or common-law partner of a foreign temporary worker must demonstrate that:
1)the principal temporary foreign worker has employment in Canada that is at a management level, or a job in a professional occupation, or as a technical or skilled tradesperson. In other words, the skill level of the principal temporary foreign worker’s job must be level 0, A or B , according to the National Occupational Classification (NOC). This skill level requirement does not apply to principal temporary foreign workers who have been nominated for permanent residence by a province (provincial nominees 2)the principal temporary foreign worker is permitted to work in Canada for a period of at least six months.
The foreign student is studying full-time at a diploma/degree-granting, publicly-funded post-secondary educational facility; or