An Open Work Permit is an authorization for a person to work for any employer in Canada, for a set duration of time. In addition to this, there is no restriction on the type of occupation, that the person may take up. Regarding the issuance of an Open work permit, the application must be made under one of the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exemptions only.
Another type of open work permit is known as a restricted permit which may carry certain limitations on the type of occupation or the location of the work, but not on the employer. As far as the application for an Open work permit is concerned, a foreign national may apply from outside Canada, at a Port of Entry or after arriving in Canada, which would also depend upon the requirements of the programs applied under.
There are different types of open work permits provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada i.e. IRCC. The different types are as follows: –
- Unrestricted: An unrestricted open work permit has no restrictions on the foreign nationals with respect to their work preferences. The permit holders are free to work in any company, occupation or location that they like.
- Restricted: Under this category of the open work permits, a foreign national may be subject to certain limitations of working in a particular location or an occupation only.
If the applicant is subject to a medical condition, then restriction on the type of occupation may be applicable on the work permit:
- Depending upon the category applied under, for e.g. a bridging open work permit under the provincial nominee class, restrictions regarding the location of work may apply on the work permit issued to the foreign national.
Application of an open work permit must be made under one of the categories of Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exemptions only. The categories are listed below: –