Who can apply for an open work permit?
You may be eligible for an open work permit if you
- are an international student who graduated from a designated learning institution and are eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program
- are a student who’s no longer able to meet the costs of your studies (destitute student)
- have an employer-specific work permit and are being abused or at risk of being abused in relation to your job in Canada
- are a dependent family member of someone who applied for permanent residence
- are the spouse, common-law partner or dependent child of a low- or high-skilled worker
- are the spouse or common-law partner of an international student
- are the spouse or common-law partner of an applicant of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program or the Atlantic Immigration Program
- are a refugee, refugee claimant, protected person or their family member
- are under an unenforceable removal order
- are a temporary resident permit holder
- are a young worker participating in special programs
- are in Canada and being sponsored as a spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner or accompanying dependent child
In each of these situations, you must meet additional criteria to be eligible.Answer a few questions to find out if you’re eligible for an open work permit.
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