I’m sponsoring my spouse or common-law partner. Can they work while their application is being processed?
Yes, but only if they have a work permit.
Your sponsored spouse or partner can apply for an open work permit if
- they’re living with you, in Canada, and
- we’ve confirmed their application for permanent residence is complete
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
- If they already have a work permit that is expiring, they can keep working as long as they maintain their status as a worker.
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