In December, 2014, a policy enabling spouses and common-law partners being sponsored through the Family Class’ Inland Spousal/Common-Law Partner Sponsorship Category to apply for an open work permit while their application for permanent residence is being processed.
An open work permit is neither employer nor not job-specific, therefore it allows the holder to work for almost any Canadian employer, without first having to obtain a confirmed offer of employment.
Further, in accordance with the general policy, spouses or common law partners of skilled workers, foreign students, and international students have graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution, may apply for an open work permit if the principal applicant meets certain requirements.
Spouses or common law partners of skilled workers, may be eligible if the skilled worker:
Spouse or common-law partner of an international student cannot themselves be full-time students and the international student must:
For spouses and common-law partners, open work permits are generally issued with a validity date that coincides with the period of time that their spouse is permitted to work or study in Canada, as the case may be.