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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:

Express Entry permanent residence applicants

Other permanent residence applicants

  • you are already working in Canada, your work permit is due to expire within four months and your paper application has been found complete or received a positive eligibility assessment under one of the following:

    Note: You may be eligible for a special type of open work permit called a bridging open work permit.

  • you have applied for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds and received a positive eligibility assessment (you have received a letter stating that your application has been found eligible)
  • you have the needed work experience and applied for permanent residence through the Live-in Caregiver Program
  • you are applying or have already applied for permanent residence under the Spouse or Common-law Partner in Canada class

Dependent family members

  • you are a family member who has been included in an application for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds, and you have received a letter stating that your application has been found eligible
  • Your spouse or common-law partner is
    • a skilled worker in an occupation under the National Occupational Classification (NOC) skill type 0, A or B, or
    • an international student at a public post-secondary school, such as a college or university or collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (CEGEP) in Quebec
  • you are a family member of a foreign representative
  • you are a family member of a foreign military member who is working in Canada
  • you are the family member of someone whose application has been approved under one of the following:
    • Spouse or Common-law partner in Canada
    • Protected Person
    • Live-in Caregiver Program

Refugee, refugee claimant and temporary resident permit holder

You cannot pay for your basic needs without working and you are described below:

  • you or your family member have asked for refugee status in Canada and are waiting for a decision from the Refugee Protection Division (RPD) of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, or
  • you have been recognized by the RPD as a convention refugee or protected person, or
  • you or your family member have had your refugee claim turned down by the RPD but you cannot be removed from Canada for reasons beyond your control, or
  • you have a temporary resident permit that is valid for at least six months.

Other workers/professionals

You are:

  • a young worker participating in:
  • a professional athlete who:
    • is allowed to enter Canada, and
    • needs to do other work to support themselves while playing for a Canadian team.
  • an international student who:
    • has a study permit, and
    • cannot pay for their basic needs without working for reasons beyond your control.

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