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Spouse Open Work Permit (SOWP) Canada

You might qualify for an open work permit if your spouse is already employed or enrolled in school in Canada, or if your spouse has sought to sponsor you for permanent residence in Canada.

What is a spouse open work permit?

With few restrictions, a spouse of some temporary Canadian permit holders is able to work anywhere in Canada for any employer.

Eligibility requirements for a spousal work permit and visa

 There are a few minimal requirements you must fulfil in order to be eligible for a spousal open work permit, including:

  • must be really associated with the major applicant who is a qualified foreign national, a permanent resident, or a citizen;
  • Must be qualified to apply as the spouse of a qualifying foreign national or as a candidate for in-Canada sponsorship; and

Are not barred from entering Canada due to a criminal record or a medical condition.

Spouse open work permit document checklist

The documents required for a Canadian spouse work permit will depend on the category you are applying under. Applicants may need to provide the following documents as part of their work permit application:

  • Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR) letter
  • Provincial nomination certificate (if applicable)
  • Certificat d’acceptation du Québec (CAQ) (Quebec Acceptance Certificate) (if applicable)
  • Completed application forms
  • Proof of status in Canada
  • Proof of spouse’s status in Canada
  • Marriage certificate or proof of common-law status
  • Proof of relationship to the principal applicant
  • A valid copy of your passport
  • Medical exam results (if requested)
  • Proof of payment for applicable government fees

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