Work Permit

Open work permit:

You may be eligible for an open work permit if you

  • are an international student who graduated from a DLI and are eligible for the PGWP
  • are a destitute student meaning you are unable to pay your tuition fee
  • are an employer- specific work permit holder and are being abused or risk of being abused in relation to your job in Canada
  • applied for PR in Canada
  • are a dependent family member of someone who applied for permanent residence
  • are the spouse or common-law partner of a skilled worker or international student
  • are the spouse or common-law partner of an applicant of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program
  • are a refugee claimant, protected person or their family member
  • are under an unenforceable removal order
  • are a temporary resident permit holder
  • are a young participating in special programs

In each of these situations, you must meet additional criteria to be eligible. Open work permit extension: if you have an open work permit, you may be able to extend it as long as you are still eligible to work in Canada with an open work permit.

Employer-specific work permits:

It allows you to work according to the conditions on your work permit, which includes:

  • the name of the employer you can work for
  • how long you can work
  • the location where you can work(if applicable)

Spousal work permit:

You may be eligible for an open work permit if you are:

  • a spouse of a skilled worker in an occupation under the NOC skill type 0, A or B Approved to work in Canada six months or longer
  • a spouse of someone applying for the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program in a job under NOC 0,A,B or C
  • a spouse of a foreign student at a public post-secondary school, such as college or university or CEGEP in Quebec
  • a family member of a foreign representative, or
  • a family member of a foreign military member who is working in Canada

General eligibility requirements: you must

  • prove to an officer that you will leave Canada when your work permit expires
  • show that you have enough funds to support yourself and your family members during your stay in Canada and to return home
  • obey the law and have no record of criminal activity
  • not be a danger to Canada’s security
  • be in good health and have a medical exam, if needed;
  • not plan to work for an employer who, on a regular basis, offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages; and
  • give the officer any other documents they ask for to prove you can enter the country
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Frequently Asked

What is the procedure to study in Canada?

The first step is to get admission to a Canadian Designated Learning Institution (DLI) recognized by the government of Canada. .

How much does it cost to study in Canada?
Tuition fees vary based on institution. Please contact the administration where you intend to study for more information.
What are the processing times for a study permit?
Processing times for study permits vary by visa office. For a complete list of processing times based on visa office, please visit this page.
What is the procedure to apply to study in Quebec?
What is the procedure to apply to study in Quebec?
Is a study permit required for short courses?
An applicant is not required to obtain a study permit for a program, which is less than six months in duration. However, if a course is longer than six months, the prospective student will need to apply for a study permit
Is it possible to work during studies?
An international student may be eligible to work while studying in Canada. A student must have a valid study permit and be enrolled full-time at a Designated Learning Institution (DLI). Study permit holders may be allowed to work for up to 20 hours per week during regular academic sessions and full time during scheduled breaks.