Understanding the Spouse Work Permit in Canada: How to Apply

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Understanding the Spouse Work Permit in Canada: How to Apply

Do you have a spouse or partner assigned to work or study soon in Canada for a specific period? If you are a legal spouse and want to accompany them, you can apply for a spouse work permit. It would allow you also to stay and work in Canada for a particular period. If you want to learn more about this option, this article will provide you with the basics. 

When Are You Eligible to Apply

You can apply for an open work permit if you have a spouse, partner, or family member who is planning or currently residing and working or studying in Canada with the following qualifications:

  • Your partner or family member is currently working as a skilled worker under the National Occupational Classification of skill type 0, A, or B
    • Skill Type 0 – Management jobs
    • Skill Type A – Professional jobs that require a university degree
    • Skill Type B – Technical jobs and skilled trades occupations requiring a college diploma, training, or apprenticeship
  • Your partner or family member is eligible to work in the country for a minimum of six months. If not working, they should be international students enrolled in Canadian colleges, universities, or professional colleges.
  • They are a representative or military member from a foreign country currently assigned to work in Canada. 

Types of Spouse Work Permit

There are two kinds of a spouse or common-law partner work permits that you can apply for:

  • Open Work Permit – If you get this permit, you can work in any job and be part of any company, so long as it is a Canadian employee. 
  • Work Permit via an Employer – This is the option if you already have an employer or job offer. Your employer can help you acquire a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), a document needed before you can apply for a work permit. 

If you belong to the latter category, your employer needs you to meet the following criteria before they can complete your LMIA: 

  • You can provide a temporary resident permit that is valid for at least six months in Canada or applying for a permanent residency under the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada
  • You meet the standards set by the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA)
  • You are eligible for a work permit application 

How to Get a Spouse Work Permit

Regardless of what type of permit you would get, the process for both is the same. You can file for an application whether you are outside or inside Canada as soon as your partner’s work or study permit is under process in your country. No job offer is required, but the work duration you can apply for must be within the same timeline as your spouse’s or partner’s work or study permit. 

You may directly apply online or look for a regulated and certified Canadian immigration agency to help you get a spouse work permit. Make sure that you prepare all your documents and information necessary before you begin your application. 

Here are some of the documents you need to provide:

  • A copy of your spouse’s or partner’s work or study permit
  • A letter from your spouse’s or partner’s employer confirming their occupation and nature of work or their skill type
  • A copy of your spouse’s job letter from an employment contract
  • A copy of their recent salary slips 

Kindly note that your line of work or company might still require other requirements, depending on what the immigration office would ask. 

Conclusion

If you have a spouse, partner, or family member leaving for Canada soon due to work or study, know that you may also apply to join them. All you need is to provide the documents necessary and be willing to work under any job in the country. Find Canada work permit consultants in Toronto who can help you ensure the success of your application. Finally, keep in mind that the duration of your stay would also depend on the course of your spouse’s or partner’s permitted days of stay in the country.

If you’re looking for professional help from a trusted firm, please contact us at info@brightimmigration.com or call 1-888-404-8472. 

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