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Posted on January 21 2023

Changes in eligibility for Open Work Permit of Canada for spouse and children from Jan 30, 2023

By  Editor
Updated October 27 2023

Highlights: Expansion of Open Work Permit of Canada by IRCC

  • IRCC has implemented a few changes in the Canadian Open Work Permit eligibility.
  • The changes have expanded the eligibility pool of applicants.
  • Dependents of the primary candidate can avail of the work permit too.
  • The dependents can apply at the same time as the primary candidate.
  • It will be effective from January 30, 2023.

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Abstract: The eligibility criteria for the Open Work Permit of Canada has been revised to expand the pool of applicants.

IRCC, or Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, has announced changes in the eligibility criteria for the Canadian Open Work Permit. The changes are applicable to the spouse or common-law partner and minor dependents of the primary candidate.

If the candidate is applying for a work permit and their family members are accompanying them to Canada, they are eligible to apply to visit, study, or work in Canada. They can apply simultaneously with the primary candidate.

The changes are applicable from January 30, 2023.

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Know more about the changes in the Open Work Permit of Canada

Detailed information about the changes in the Open Work Permit is given below.

  • Common-law partner, spouse, or dependent child can apply for a work permit if the principal candidate is:
    • Employed in a job of any TEER or Training, Education, Experience, and Responsibilities category (0 to 5)
    • The primary applicant has an open work permit
  • Common-law partner, spouse, or dependent minor of an economic class permanent resident candidate who has a work permit
  • If the dependent is eligible for the Global Skills Strategy

In some circumstances, the common-law partner or spouse can apply for an open work permit that facilitates them to work for any employer.

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If the primary candidate has not been granted an open work permit like their spouse or common-law partner, they should be eligible for other types of work permits. It includes the principal applicant’s employer obtaining an LMIA or Labor Market Impact Assessment.

If the common-law partner or spouse does not plan to work in Canada, they can apply to come to Canada with the primary candidate either as a:

  • Student
  • Visitor

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Options for the dependent children

The dependent children of the primary candidate can apply as:

  • Student
  • Visitor
  • Worker

Who is not eligible?

Spouses and minor dependents of international professionals in a TEER 4 or 5 jobs through the low-income stream of the Agricultural Stream and the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program are not eligible to the changes.

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