Spousal Open Work Permit


Spousal Open Work Permit

Spouses or common-law partners of full-time students with a valid study permit may apply for an open work permit. An open work permit will enable the spouse or common-law partner of the international student to work.


Your spouse/partner will not require a job offer to apply, and his/her permit will be valid for the same period as your study permit. This is an excellent way for your spouse or your common-law partner to connect with the local community, gain valuable work experience and earn extra money. Your spouse or your common-law partner can apply for a work permit after you arrive to Canada.


It is also possible to apply for the spouse/common-law partner work permit at the same time as applying for your initial study permit outside of Canada. Your minor child/children may also study without a study permit at the preschool, primary, or secondary level. Please note children accompanying an adult who is in Canada on a work or study permit may study in Canada without a study permit at the pre-school, primary and secondary levels.



To be a dependent spouse or common-law partner, the applicant for an open work permit must be in a genuine relationship with a principal foreign national.


To be eligible the principal foreign national must meet all of the following:

  • Hold a valid study permit or be provisionally approved for a study permit (if applying as a family group outside of Canada)
  • Be studying on a full-time basis or intending to enroll in full-time courses, at a designated learning institution
  • Be accepted by or enrolled in a post-graduation work permit-eligible study program or institution
  • Be physically residing or plan to physically reside in Canada while studying.


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