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Canada Open Work Permit

Canada Open Work Permit – All You Need To Know

Last Updated On 16 August 2023, 10:26 AM EDT (Toronto Time)

Most foreign nationals need a work permit to work in Canada; there are two types of work permits: open work permits and closed work permits.

An open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada.

In contrast, closed work permits are employer-specific, enabling you to work for a specific employer under particular conditions. 

With an open work permit, you do not require any job offer or LMIA from a Canadian employer.

Moreover, you can work a maximum of 40 hours per week on an open work permit.

It also comes with the benefit of working anywhere in Canada with any employer. 

However, a person can apply an open work permit in 11 scenarios as instructed by IRCC.

In this article, you can learn about the eligibility requirements of an open work permit for Canada. 

Who can apply Canada open work permit? 

According to IRCC, an open work permit is only available in certain circumstances, and you may be eligible if you meet the following: 

  1. International students who have graduated from a designated learning institution and qualify for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program
  2. Destitute students who can no longer afford to pay for their studies  
  3. Employer employer-specific work permit holders who are being or are at risk of being exploited in their job in Canada 
  4. Those who have applied for permanent residency in Canada and awaiting for decision on your application.
  5. Dependent family members of permanent resident applicants 
  6. Common-law partner or spouse of a skilled worker or of an international student 
  7. Spouse or common-law partner of Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program applicant 
  8. Refugee claimant, refugee, protected person or their dependent family members
  9. You are subject to an unenforceable removal order, meaning you have requested a federal judicial review, pre-removal risk assessment, or humanitarian and compassionate considerations in response to a removal order
  10. A temporary resident permit holder
  11. Young workers who participate in special programs such as CUSMA. 

Please note that an open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada, excluding those who are:

Work Permit General Requirements

Depending on where you are when applying for an open work permit, you need to meet specific requirements.

However, you must meet the following requirements regardless of where you are and the work permit type you apply for. 

  • Demonstrate to an official that you intend to depart Canada after your work permit expires;
  • Prove that you have sufficient funds to support yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and return home;
  • Obey the law and have no criminal history (you may need to provide a police clearance if requested);
  • Not pose a security risk to Canada;
  • Be in good health and undergo a medical exam if needed
  • Not plan to employers work for an employer included on the list of employers who have failed to comply with the requirements with the status “ineligible”;
  • Have no intentions to work for a business that regularly provides striptease, exotic dance, escort services, or erotic massages; and
  • Provide the officer with any additional documents they request to confirm your eligibility to enter the country.

How To Apply Canada Open Work Permit?

There are different instructions to apply for Canada work permit depending on location.

It depends whether you want to apply work permit from within Canada or outside Canada or at a Port of Entry (POE).

Click here to get instructions depending upon your situation.

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