One of the most frequent misconception and query we come across is about an open work permit for Canada. Often applicants think that they can apply for an open-work permit and come to Canada to search for a job. However, only certain individuals may be eligible to apply for an open work permit, which allows the holder to work for any employer in Canada without the need for a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA). There are certain restrictions and conditions that must be met in order to be eligible for an open work permit. The following groups of individuals may be eligible to apply for an open work permit:
1. Spouses or common-law partners of certain skilled workers or international students: If your spouse or common-law partner holds a valid work permit or study permit, you may be eligible to apply for an open work permit. 2. Graduates of Canadian post-secondary institutions: International students who have graduated from a Canadian post-secondary institution may be eligible to apply for an open work permit. 3. Young professionals participating in the International Experience Canada program: Individuals between the ages of 18 and 35 who are citizens of participating countries may be eligible to apply for an open work permit through this program. 4. Live-in Caregivers: Live-in caregivers who have completed their work experience requirements may be eligible to apply for an open work permit. 5. Certain individuals with pending permanent residence applications: Individuals who have applied for permanent residence under certain programs, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Program or the Canadian Experience Class, may be eligible to apply for an open work permit while their application is being processed. 6. Spouse of applicant of AIP: if you are the spouse or common-law partner of an applicant of the Atlantic Immigration Program 7. If you are a refugee, refugee claimant, protected person or their family member 8. If you are under an unenforceable removal order 9. If you are a temporary resident permit holder
10.If you are a student who’s no longer able to meet the costs of your studies (destitute student)
11.If you have an employer-specific work permit and are being abused or at risk of being abused in relation to your job in Canada
Duration of the permit: The length of the open work permit will vary depending on the individual's specific situation. For example, open work permits issued to the spouses or common-law partners of certain skilled workers or international students may be valid for the same period as the main applicant's permit, while open work permits issued to graduates of Canadian post-secondary institutions may be valid for up to three years.
Eligibility criteria: As mentioned earlier, the eligibility criteria for an open work permit can vary depending on the individual's specific situation. It is important to consult an immigration expert to ensure that you meet all of the requirements before applying.
Application process: To apply for an open work permit, individuals must submit an application to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) along with the required supporting documentation and fees. The processing time for open work permit applications can vary depending on the individual's specific situation and the volume of applications being processed at any given time.
Restrictions: Open work permits are not restricted to a specific job or employer, but they still come with some restrictions. For example, if the permit holder is subject to a medical inadmissibility finding, they may not be able to work in certain jobs that pose a risk to public health and safety. Additionally, open work permit holders are not eligible for certain benefits and protections that are available to other workers in Canada, such as Employment Insurance and the Canada Pension Plan.
Renewal: Open work permit holders may be eligible to renew their permit if they are still eligible and the permit is still valid. However, it's important to note that the renewal process may require the same steps as the initial application and may take just as long.
It's important to understand that the eligibility criteria and application process for an open work permit can vary depending on the individual's specific situation, so it's always best to have a thorough assessment of your profile, before proceeding ahead.