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Spousal Open Work Permit Policy in Canada

The Canadian Government considers family reunification a core immigration priority. Consequently, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) established the spousal open work permit pilot on December 22, 2014. The pilot was set to expire on July 31, 2020.

Today, IRCC released its program delivery update. The notice followed on July 30, 2020. The Immigration Department extended the open work permit pilot for inland spousal sponsorship until it will become a permanent program.

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Open Work Permit

The open work permit policy applies to permanent resident applicants in the inland spouse or common-law partner class. To qualify, the applicants must be living in Canada with their sponsors as temporary residents (visitors, workers or students).

Open work permits allow foreign nationals to work for any Canadian employer for a specified period of time. Read the article “Spousal Sponsorship in Canada” to find out more on the open work permit policy.

Note that sponsored persons must keep their temporary resident status during the processing of your applications. Therefore, you must apply for an extension before the status expires.


Information provided in this article does not constitute immigration or citizenship advice. Only authorised representatives are allowed to assist applicants with immigration and citizenship services for a fee. In addition, immigration laws, regulations, and policies are changing constantly.

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