I am sponsoring my spouse or partner who is in Canada. Can they work while their application is being processed?
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Yes, but only if they have a work permit.
If you’re sponsoring your spouse, they can apply for an open work permit with their permanent resident application.
It will take us about 4 to 5 months to process the open work permit application.
Remember that while your spouse or partner’s permanent residence application is being processed, they must
- maintain legal status as a temporary resident in Canada, and
- wait for their work permit application to be approved before starting to work
For the steps to apply, see How to apply for a work permit.
Follow the instructions that match your situation.
If the sponsorship application hasn’t been submitted yet:
- Put the sponsorship, permanent residence and open work permit applications into one envelope.
- Make sure to include:
- all supporting documents for all applications, and
- proof of payment, for all applications.
- Send the envelope to the Case Processing Centre in Mississauga (CPC-M), Ontario.
If the permanent residence application has not been approved in principle:
- Mail the completed application.
- Make sure to include
- all supporting documents, and
- proof of payment.
The time it takes to get your approval in principle depends on your case. Processing times vary.
If the permanent residence application has been approved in principle:
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