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Spousal Work Permit

Are you not sure whether your spouse is eligible to apply for an open work permit? To be an authorised foreign national to work in Canada, you would desire your spouse and dependent children to join you in Canada. This is where spousal open work permit comes to your rescue.

A spousal open work permit enables your spouse to work for any employer in Canada. Besides that it also allows your children to pursue their education in Canadian schools.

Both principal work permit and spousal work permit can be applied simultaneously. However, there are cases where the employer of the spouse might be required to apply for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

Assessing the type of documents and eligibility criteria required for applying for a spousal work permit is depends upon the status of the principal in Canada.

Types of Spousal Work Permits

  • If the principal is a foreign worker

    For one to be eligible for the spousal work permit, the principal foreign worker must be working as a skilled employee at a job that falls under the 0, A or B category of skill levels of National Occupational Classification (NOC). These jobs can be managerial, professional, technical or of skilled trading. Also, while applying for a spousal open work permit, one is also required to provide documents proving the principal’s current employment.

    Moreover, the work permit of the principal applicant must be valid for at least six months. However, if the principal applicant is authorised to work in Canada without a work permit, then it should be demonstrated that he/she has been working in the country for the past six months.

  • If the principal is a student

    For the spouse to be eligible for the work permit, the principal must have a valid status of a student in Canada and should be pursuing a full-time course at:

    • A college or University;
    • Authorized private post-secondary institution; or
    • A Canadian private institution provincially recognized to confer degrees

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  • If the principal has a bridging open work permit

    There are a certain set of conditions to be fulfilled to make the accompanying spouse eligible for an open work permit. These pre-requisites depend on the kind of application submitted by the principal applicant (the bridging work permit holder) for permanent residence:

    • Federal Skilled Worker Class:

      the principal should be employed at a job that falls under the NOC Skill Level 0, A, or B.

    • Federal Skilled Trade Class:

      the principal must be working as a skilled worker under one of the occupations in NOC skill Level B.

    • Canadian Experience Class:

      there are no pre-requisites defined for the principal applicant to be fulfilled.

    However, the principal applicant is required to submit all the supporting documents as the evidence of his/her current employment in Canada at the time of application of spousal work permit.

  • If the principal applicant is a Provincial Nominee

    Irrespective of the principal’s employment’s skill level, the spouse may receive an open work permit for Canada.

Eligibility Criteria For Spousal Open Work Permit

Following requirements should be met to be eligible to apply for the spousal work permit:

  • The principal applicant’s work permit should be valid for a minimum period of six months at the time of application
  • Job requirements must comply with the minimum skill level required for the job as under the NOC skill levels C or D.
  • One should be not be issued any orders of inadmissibility.

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If you too are seeking a work permit for your spouse, we can be of help to you. Our team of professional and experienced immigration consultants at CanOZ Visa Services will closely assess your case and work towards the best possible solutions for you and your family.

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