spousal work permit

Spousal-Work-Permit

PROGRAM OVERVIEW

As Canada sees the need to ensure that families are together, this visa has been created to allow spouses/partners of people working/studying in Canada to have their spouse or partner with them in Canada and gives them the ability to work. This is an Open Work Permit and is generally granted for up to 2 years to the spouse where the holder of the permit can work for any employer or in any profession (unless it is regulated) without having to go through the process of getting approvals for a particular job.

This is an excellent opportunity for the person who is accompanying their spouse or partner in Canada to gain valuable Canadian work experience which could qualify them for Permanent Residency, while helping with the household finances. Most importantly this allows families to stay together.

PROGRAM REQUIREMENTS

The requirements for the Spousal Work Permit are quite straightforward and similar for people who are working or studying here in Canada. If the Applicant wishes to accompany someone who is studying in Canada:

  • Their spouse/partner must be on a valid study permit.
  • Be enrolled and attending school as a full-time student.
  • Be studying at an eligible Post-Secondary Institution.
  • Be medically admissible and have a clean criminal record.

If the Applicant wishes to accompany someone who is working in Canada:

  • Their spouse/partner must be on a valid work permit.
  • Their spouse/partner must be working in a high level skilled job as per Canadian Government Regulations.
  • Their spouse/partner must have a valid work permit of at least 6 months.

** Please note that this program is also available to holders of Post Graduate Student Work Permits but there are additional requirements.

PROGRAM PRIVILEGES

This visa allows you to work in Canada and gain valuable Canadian work experience while working to support the person who is either working or studying. The biggest advantage to this is that the person who has this Work Permit can work anywhere and do any type of job without the cumbersome approval processes that are needed for a work specific employment visa. Additionally, it is possible that this may qualify and aid the person that is obtaining Permanent Residency should they wish to settle in Canada at a later date.

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