Open Work Permit

All you need to know about Open Work Permits

A work permit is a legal permit for a foreign national to engage in employment while inside of Canada. An open work permit is not specific to one employer or location. If you have an open work permit, you can apply to multiple jobs and work in different or any part of Canada.

What is an Open Work Permit?

  • An open work permit is a type of work permit that grants you the legal status to work in Canada. You don’t need a job offer to visit to Canada and you don’t need to meet some of the conditions and requirements as individuals with different work permits.

Benefits of an Open Work Permit?

  • Open work permits are chosen by many and are the best way to get Canadian work experience.
  • It is different from an employer specific work permit as you have the freedom to work in any province in Canada.
  • You can apply for a dependent visa to bring your family to live with you in Canada.
  • You can apply for PR as it improves your eligibility after gaining certain years of experience.

Eligibility Requirements for Open Work Permit

You may be eligible for an Open Work Permit if:
  • You have applied for permanent residency in Canada.
  • You are a dependent family member of someone who has applied for permanent residence in Canada.
  • You are a spouse/common-law partner of a skilled worker working in Canada.
  • You are a spouse/common-law partner of an international student who has a valid study permit.
  • You are a spouse/common-law partner of an individual who has applied to the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.
  • You are a student who is facing difficulty with funding his/her education i.e. you are a destitute student.
  • You are a graduate student eligible for a Post-Graduate Work Permit.
  • You are a refugee.
  • You are a young applicant part of a special program.
  • You are under an unenforceable removal order.
  • You have a temporary resident permit.

Fees, Processing Time and How to Apply?

  • Open Work Permit application fees is $155 for Open Work Permit Holder fee and $100 for Work Permit application fee.
  •  The Processing time can between 2 weeks to 22 weeks depending upon where you are applying from. 
  • You can apply online or offline by filling up the application package by downloading it. Make sure you verify and review all the documents and fields in your application before applying.

How we can help you achieve your dreams of working in Canada?

From finding jobs and building a resume to finding the best rates for your flight. The journey 2 Canada team will be right by your side.

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You will be assigned an RCIC (Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant).

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We will prepare all the necessary travel documents you will need and we will also help in finding a place for you to live during your stay in Canada.

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You will get 24/7 access to the consultant’s private line throughout your entire journey from the day you decide to the day you arrive.

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Our team of experts will suggest and provide you with the right tools you will need to make your college applications successful.

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We offer a free 15-minute consultation with a registered immigration consultant where we answer common and general questions about how we can help you in your journey to Canada.

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Apply for the Post-Graduate Work Permit after completing your studies

If you are an international student and have recently completed your studies, you might be eligible for a work permit. 

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Learn more about Labor Market Impact Assessment

It is not usually required to have a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) if the occupation is listed in this article.