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Applying For Canadian Open Work Permit

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Canada’s Open Work Permits provide foreign employees with the freedom to work where they like. A work permit is often required for foreigners who want to work in Canada. These permissions may be linked to a certain company or profession. Work permits issued to foreign nationals that enable them to roam freely throughout Canada are known as “open work permits.”

An open work permit does not require the completion of a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) by a Canadian employer.

International Student Graduates

In 2021, the majority of LMIA-exempt work permits were provided to overseas student graduates who are qualified for a Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).

International students who have finished a full-time degree programme lasting at least two years may work in Canada for three years after graduation. PGWPs are available for students enrolled in more than eight months of programmers but less than two years in duration.

International students must attend a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) in Canada to be eligible. As a consequence of the pandemic, IRCC has allowed for some leniency in the qualifying standards.

Citizens of foreign countries with reciprocal agreements

Youth from more than 30 different countries may work in Canada via International Experience Canada (IEC). There may be working holiday visas available for young people aged 18-35. A job offer isn’t required, but participants must complete certain requirements to be considered for IEC participation.

The IEC normally needs applicants to have the equivalent of CAD 2,500 to pay expenditures, not be accompanied by dependents, and be admissible to Canada, among other requirements.

Canadian citizens and temporary residents’ spouses and common-law partners are eligible for health benefits.

Permanent residents, temporary foreign workers and students from other countries may all apply for work permits that are accessible to family members of Canadian citizens. People who live in Canada with their spouses who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents might well be qualified for a Spousal Open Work Permit under the terms of inland sponsorship.

Openwork permits may be available for the partners of temporary foreign employees. The temporary foreign worker must satisfy specific qualifying conditions, such as holding a work visa that will be active for six months only after an open spousal work permit is acquired, among others. Additionally, the foreign worker must meet one of the following four conditions: working in a NOC skill level of 0, A, or B; working in any occupation with a provincial or territorial candidacy from the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP); or starting to work in any occupation and holding a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ). Depending on the temporary foreign worker’s status, additional program-specific requirements must be completed.

International students’ spouses who can provide proof of their connection and the fact that their spouse is enrolled in an appropriate programme might well be eligible to get an open work visa.

Permanent Residency Applicants

In the meantime, temporary work permits, known as Bridging Open Work Permits (BOWPs), enable people who have filed for permanent residency to stay in Canada.

Because of the BOWP, non-citizen workers may stay and continue working even if their visas expire, before their applications for permanent residency are finalized. There is also no need for companies to get an LMIA-based working visa to retain their international employees.

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