How To Apply Open Work Permit For Spouse

This blog post is your ultimate guide to applying for the federal government’s open work permit. You will learn exactly how to apply and what documents you need.

An open work permit, also known as an employment authorization document, enables the holder to act as a temporary employee with a Canadian company, or in your own business, without having to obtain a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). The issuer of the open-work permit will select which cases they want to approve.

As a first step, you must submit an application to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Shared-Citizenship Program on behalf of your spouse. All applications should be sent through IRCC’s online system called Express Entry, via one of the following immigration application streams:

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