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Who can apply for an open work permit?

You may be eligible to apply for an open work permit if you are in one of the following situations:

  1. You are already working in Canada and your application for permanent residence has been approved under one of the following :
    • Spouse or Common-law Partner in Canada class
    • Live-in Caregiver Program
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program
    • Canadian Experience Class
    • Provincial Nominee Program
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program
    • humanitarian and compassionate grounds
    You may also be eligible if you are a family member of someone whose application for permanent residence has been approved under one of the above.
  2. Your spouse is
    • a skilled worker in an occupation under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill type 0, A or B ,
    • a foreign student
  3. You are in Canada under a federal-provincial/territorial immigration agreement, including an active pilot project, or you are a spouse or dependent child of someone who is in Canada under a temporary foreign worker annex of a federal-provincial/territorial immigration agreement with an applicable pilot project.
  4. You have a temporary resident permit valid for at least six months.
  5. You are participating in
  6. You have filed a claim for refugee protection in Canada and
    • you are waiting for the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada to decide on your claim; and
    • you cannot pay for your basic needs without working.
  7. The RPD has rejected your refugee claim
    • but the Government of Canada is not yet ready to remove you from the country and
    • you cannot pay for your basic needs without working.
  8. You are a family member of a foreign representative.
  9. You are a family member of a foreign military member who is working in Canada.
  10. You are a professional athlete allowed to enter Canada and you need to do other work to support yourself while playing for a Canadian team.

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