Are you a spouse or common-law partner of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident? Are you planning to apply for permanent residence in Canada under spousal sponsorship? If so, you may be eligible to apply for a spousal open work permit that will allow you to work in Canada while your sponsorship application is being processed. In this blog post, we will discuss a variety of common topics related to the spousal open work permit.
If you are being sponsored as a spouse or common-law partner of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you may be eligible to apply for a spousal open work permit. An open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada, in any job. To be eligible for a spousal open work permit on the basis of your sponsorship application, you must meet the following criteria:
- You must be inside Canada.
- You must have applied for permanent residency under the inland spousal or common law partner sponsorship program.
- You must have received your file number from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) for your sponsorship application.
- You must have a valid temporary resident status in Canada, or be eligible for restoration of your status.
- You must not be inadmissible to Canada.
When can my sponsored spouse apply for an open work permit?
If you are being sponsored inland as a spouse or common-law partner, you can apply for an open work permit after you have submitted your application for permanent residency, once you have received your sponsorship file number from IRCC.
How do I apply for a spousal work permit Canada?
An open work permit on the basis of your sponsorship application is an online application, submitted through your IRCC account. It must be submitted through the my CIC portal, not through the PR portal where your sponsorship application was submitted.