Open Work Permit

An open work permit is required for someone who wants to work in Canada. This is suitable for those who do not have a job offer from any employers, and who do not want to tie their job with a particular employer or location. This work permit lets its holder to work temporarily in Canada and gain more local experience to prepare for their permanent residency.


Benefits of an Open work permit

  • Allow its holders to work for any employer of their choice, at any location in Canada.
  • Give holders opportunity to earn experience in Canada.
  • Applying for an open work permit does not require a Labour Market Impact Assessment, and therefore, processing time is shorter.
  • No job offers needed.
Who is eligible to apply for a work permit
  • You are an international student who graduated from a designated learning institution and are eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program.
  • You are a student who is no longer able to meet the costs of your studies (destitute student).
  • You have an employer-specific work permit and are being abused or at risk of being abused in relation to your job in Canada.
  • You applied for permanent residence in Canada.
  • You are a dependent family member of someone who applied for permanent residence.
  • You are the spouse or common-law partner of a skilled worker or international student.
  • You are the spouse or common-law partner of an applicant of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program.
  • You are a refugee, refugee claimant, protected person, or their family member.
  • You are under an unenforceable removal order.
  • You are a temporary resident permit holder.
  • You are a young worker participating in special programs, for example the International Experience Canada.

There are different requirements of an open work permit depending on the applicants’ country and situation. To assess your eligibility to apply for an Open work permit in Canada, book a consultation with our Canada Immigration Agent.