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A look into Spousal Open Work Permit

To begin with, the spouse or common law partner of an international student or worker who is studying full-time with a valid study permit can also apply for an open work permit.

If you acquire a spousal open work permit, that will enable your spouse or partner to work on or off the campus full-time while you are still a student.

Further details for applying for spousal open work permit

  • The spouse or partner can apply for a work permit only before or after they arrive in Canada.
  • The permit for work generally gets issued for the same length of time as your study permit. Thus the tenure of your study will matter here.
  • Your spouse will not require a job offer in order to apply for the spousal open work permit.
  • In certain cases, Canadian visa offices abroad will process your spousal work permit applications at the same time as study permit applications.
  • For instance, if you will need to include the additional fee for the permit and complete the work permit application for your spouse or partner, that is available from the website of the consulate.

Types of work permits for different situations

  • The spouse of a skilled worker in an occupation under the National Occupational Classification skill type 0, A or B will be approved to work in Canada six months or even longer.
  • The spouse of a foreign student at a public post-secondary school, for example, college or university or CEGEP in Quebec will also be considered.
  • The spouse of a foreign representative will also be able to apply for spousal open work permit.
  • The spouse of a foreign military member who is working in Canada is also considered taking account of the situation.

This entire process depends on the situation. Spousal open work permit can also vary from situation to situation.

How to Apply


If your spouse is studying or working in skilled job and has a legal study/work permit. You may be eligible for SOWP


We will assess if you are eligible, we shall guide you what documents are required to support your Open work permit application.


Once you are ready with documents we can process your application by taking extreme due diligence and solid submission letter.

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    "Post my marriage to Simratpal Singh I had applied for Open work permit with the guidance of Mr Singh. I must admire his knowledge and attention to detail. I successfully got the open work permit in about 6 weeks time. Now our Express Entry permanent residence application is in process and we hope to get the positive result soon."

    Jivnayan Kaur

    (Spousal Open Work Permit)