Foreign nationals being sponsored for Canadian permanent residence by their spouse or common-law partner may be eligible to apply for an open work permit.
The Open Work Permit Pilot Program helps to mitigate the economic and emotional hardships of a long application process. It is only for couples living together in Canada, where the spouse is a temporary resident, as a worker, student or visitor.
Through this program, the spouse or common-in-law partner can apply for an Open Work Permit while waiting for the application process. Usually, this application takes one year to be completed. With an Open Work Permit, the person can work for any Canadian employer for around two years.
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