Study Abroad: New Eligibility Requirements for Spousal Open Work Permit of Canada

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Study Abroad: New Eligibility Requirements for Spousal Open Work Permit of Canada

IRCC has announced new eligibility requirements for the Spousal Open Work Permit. These requirements came into effect on 19th March 2024. Check the post below to learn more about Spousal open work permit requirements.

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What are the Eligibility Criteria for the New Canada Spousal Open Work Permit?

Spouses or partners of foreign students who want to apply for an open work permit must satisfy the eligibility requirements given below. There are three new requirements announced:

If the spouse or common-law partner applies on or after 19th March 2024: 

The candidates should be enrolled in one of the valid study permits so that their spouse or common-law partners become eligible to apply for an open work permit. Degrees such as dental surgery doctor, medical doctor, veterinary medicine doctor, etc are considered professional degrees.

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If the spouse or common-law partner applies for an open work permit before 19th March 2024: If the spouse or common-law partner applies before this date if they meet the following requirements:

  • They have a valid study permit
  • Current study program is eligible for a PGWP (Post Graduation Work Permit)
  • They have attended certain educational institutions as a full-time student

If the partner or spouse wants to apply for an extension of their current open work permit then they should have:

  • A Valid study permit
  • The current study program should be eligible for a PGWP
  • They have attended one educational institution such as a public post-secondary school, a private college-level school in Quebec
  • A Canadian private school that can legally award degrees under provincial law

The validity period of the spousal open work permit of the spouses of international students is the same as the duration of study of their husband or wife. A spousal open work permit allows the spouses of international students in Canada to work for any employer without any LMIA or a job offer.

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