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A Guide to Canada's Open Work Permits

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A work permit is a legal document that allows a foreign individual to work in Canada. An Open Work Permit is a type of Canadian work permit which is not employer-specific or job-specific. Unlike a closed work permit, you get the freedom to work with any employer of your choice with an Open work permit. This guide will help you learn more about Open Work Permits, their types, eligibility, and application process.

Open Work Permits Types

The most common Canadian Open Work permits are:

  • Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWP)
  • International Experience Canada (IEC)
  • Open Work Permit for Spouse of International Students (SOWP)
  • Bridging Open Work Permits (BOWP)

In most circumstances, you’ll have to pay both the work permit fees and the open work permit holder fees at the same time. For the most up-to-date application fees, consult the fee list.

Who can apply for an open work permit?

The following foreign nationals may be eligible to apply for an open work permit:

  • Spouse or Common-Law partner of a temporary foreign worker or an international student.
  • International students who graduated from a DLI can apply for PGWP Open Work Permit.
  • Inland spousal sponsorship candidates who have applied for permanent residence.
  • Young workers participating in special programs like International Experience Canada (IEC)
  • Refugees, refugee claimants, protected persons, and their family members

Note: To be eligible in each of these instances, you must meet additional criteria.

Benefits of an Open Work Permit

These are some of the benefits of Canada’s open work permits:

  • Freedom to work in the profession, or for the employer, of your interest.
  • The faster hiring process for Canadian employers.
  • Helps you to live with your partner in Canada.
  • Gain Canadian work experience to apply for permanent residence.

Who to apply for an open work permit?

An open work permit can be applied for both inside and outside of Canada. Depending on where you apply, the application process and forms you’ll need to fill out will differ. In both cases, the procedure will need the submission of a specific form. Make sure you carefully fill out the information to ensure the successful open work permit approval.

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