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How to Get an Open Work Permit as a Spouse or Partner of a Canadian Citizen

As a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, I am dedicated to providing you with the most accurate and timely information about immigration policies and procedures. In this blog post, we will delve into the recent 2023 Public Policy for sponsored spouses and how it can help applicants obtain an open work permit in Canada while awaiting a decision on their permanent residency application

Understanding the 2023 Public Policy

 The May 2023 Public Policy was introduced with the aim of streamlining the immigration process and making it more accessible for potential immigrants. Previously, only those who were in Canada and were applying through the in-Canada spousal sponsorship class were able to avail themselves of an open work permit.


This policy allows that applicants under the Family Class (meaning those who applied as out of Canada applicants) can also apply for an open work permit.


Eligibility Criteria

Before embarking on the process of preparing your open work permit application, it's crucial to understand if you meet the eligibility criteria under the new policy.


Under the 2023 Public Policy, you need to be either already in Canada on a valid temporary status (worker, visitor or student). You need to have already have a pending permanent residency application under the Federal Sponsorship programs.


Note on Temporary Status in Canada

I would be remiss to not mention that Immigration Canada’s recent update also noted that those who are outside of Canada with a pending Federal Family Class application can now apply for a TRV (visit visa) and be processed within 30 days. The government has also announced that it aims to approve 90% of applications for TRVs from those who are being sponsored by a spouse or partner in Canada. As such, this is often the first step in order to pursue the new open work permit for sponsored spouses.


Preparing Your Application

You’ll need to put together a complete application and submit online through the government’s secure GCKey. Your application should include:

1.     Passports

2.     Proof of immigration status in Canada

3.     Photo

4.     Proof of marriage or common-law status

5.     Evidence of submitted Permanent Residency Application

6.     Evidence of relationship with sponsor

7.     Ties to home country (family and assets in the home country)

8.     Application forms (Imm5710)


Final Thoughts

 The 2023 Public Policy was released with the goal of reuniting more Canadians with their loved ones, sooner. Preparing your open work permit application might seem daunting, but with careful attention to detail and a thorough understanding of the new policy, you can navigate this process successfully.


As always, it’s advisable to consult with an immigration professional when preparing your open work permit application. As an experienced Canadian Immigration Consultant, I am here to guide you through this process and ensure that you have the best possible chance of success.


Remember, your journey to becoming a part of Canada's vibrant and diverse community is just a few steps away!

At Calver Immigration Consulting Inc., we can help you obtain an Open Work Permit as a spouse or partner of a Canadian citizen. Reach out to schedule your online consultation here today.. book an online consultation with us here.


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Calver Immigration Consulting Inc. is rated Canada's number one boutique immigration consultancy. We serve clients across Canada and internationally. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law serving those in Canada and abroad.

We can assist with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.

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