If you are a foreign national who wants to work in Canada, you likely need a work permit.
What is work?
Generally, any activity from which you earn money is work. For example, employment, contractor, or self-employed. To earn money by working in Canada, you will need a work permit.
There are situations where you would need a work permit even if you do not earn money. For example, when you complete an internship, you still need a work permit.
What is an open work permit?
A work permit is a status document issued by IRCC that allows people from other countries to work in Canada.
There are two types of work permits: closed work permits and open work permits. A closed work permit specifies the occupation, employer, work location, or all. On the other hand, an open work permit has no restrictions.
Types of open work permit?
The most common open work permits are as follows:
Post Graduate Work Permit (PGWP),
Open work permit for a skilled worker’s spouse or common-law partner,
Open work permit for an international student’s spouse or common-law partner,
Spouse or common-law partner sponsorship open work permit,
Bridging open work permit,
International Experience Canada (IEC) - Work Holiday.
How to apply for an open work permit?
As opposite to a closed work permit, you do not need a job offer or Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) to apply for an open work permit.
However, the eligibility requirements are different depending on the type of work permit you are applying for. We can help you determine whether you are eligible.
What are the benefits of an open work permit?
Having an open work permit releases you from a number of immigration obligations. You can work for almost any employer and any occupation in Canada. You can change your job as many times as you want. In other words, you will not lose your open work permit because of a change in your employment.
Sometimes, your family members can also apply for an open work permit. For example, when you have a PGWP.
Be aware if you are working towards a PR application on an open work permit
It is the most convenient way to gain work experience while holding an open work permit and then apply for PR. However, if you are applying for PR under Express Entry, having a job offer on an open work permit does not give you points for “arranged employment”.
An arranged employment means it is either supported by an LMIA or LMIA-exempt .
Factors that may prevent you from getting an open work permit
Dual intent could be a reason for refusal if you don’t have an actual desire to work in Canada. Dual intent refers to that, when you apply for a work permit, you also show that you want to become a PR.
Further, if you have certain medical issues or a criminal record , you may not be able to get an open work permit .
If you have any of the above issues, we can help you to address them.
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