Extension to the Open Work Permit Program for Spouses and Partners

February 01, 2019
The federal government in Canada has extended the duration of the open work permit pilot. It caters to the spouses/common-law partners residing in Canada.


The previous date of expiry was January 31, 2019, but now it will run until July 31, 2020. They can submit the PR applications through the Spouse/Common-Law Partner in Canada Class. This program for work permit allows spouses as well as the partners to work at the time when their immigration applications are in the stage of finalization.

The candidates meeting the Eligibility norms have to be in Canada and also remain in the sponsoring process to get the permanent residence in the Spouse/Common-Law Partner in Canada Category. They need to have a valid temporary status as visitors, workers, or students and also live at the same address of their sponsor.

Extension to the Open Work Permit Program for Spouses and Partners


The aim here is to recognize that families can engage in work, while leading a life together, with better integration.  Moreover, after the Extension of this pilot applicants can work, and also make a provision for their families. Additionally, they can make a contribution to the economy while they waiting for the processing of their PR applications.

Applying for a Spousal Work Permit

The method of applying for the spouse work permit requires choosing  the applicable situation:

1) The people who submit a new PR application can also apply for the work permit simultaneously. They have to Send completed applications to the appointed address.

2) The people who have already submitted the PR application can fill up the online form, for a special work permit, prior to mailing it to the Case Processing Centre at IRCC.

3) The people who have already obtained the approval in principle for PR without passing any medical, background or security checks can submit the application online.

4) The people who already possess the work permit in the pilot, have to apply, seeking an extension before the lapse of status.
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