The Canadian Open Work Permit allows foreign workers to work in Canada without an employer job offer. Individuals who qualify for a Canadian temporary public policy-based open work permit may apply for this visa as well.
An open work permit lets you work for most employers in Canada, except for employers who have failed to follow labor conditions. Most foreign workers in Canada holds an employer-specific work permit. The open work permit is only issued under special circumstances.
You may be eligible for this open work permit if you:
are a student who’s no longer able to meet the costs of your studies (destitute student),
have an employer-specific work permit and are being abused or at risk of being abused in relation to your job in Canada,
applied for permanent residence in Canada,
are a refugee, refugee claimant, protected person or their family member,
are under an unenforceable removal order,
are a temporary resident permit holder or,
are a young worker who received an invitation through the International Experience Canada.
If you expect to or have recently graduated from a Canadian college or university, follow the link to start a Post-Graduation Work Permit.
If you are a spouse or common law partner of a Canadian permanent residence applicant, a temporary foreign worker or an international student in Canada, follow the link to start a Open Work Permit (Spouse, Common-law Partner or Dependent Child).
How It Works
- 1Create An Account
Do an eligibility check, or pick a visa, or just sign up directly to create an account. Then you can see all the documents needed, questions you must answer, and fee payments for our services and to the government. If you have any questions, it is easy to contact our sales team or to schedule a call.
- 2Eligibility Confirmation Before Payment
First you will answer a few questions to ensure you are eligible for the visa. Only if you are eligible will the payment unlock. Making payment assigns an immigration lawyer or regulated consultant to your application. We are transparent in our process and pricing, and clearly list all the fees and processing times for your visa. Read our Transparency Pledge. We use Stripe for credit or debit card payment processing, which is secure and encrypted.
- 3Complete Your Application Online
You can complete as many of the application tasks you wish before payment. Take your time. Some visas require a lot of information, which requires answering questionnaires and uploading of documents. Our system ensures everything necessary is gathered depending on your situation - preventing errors and omissions - and saving you time.
- 4Visa Preparation and Submission
Once all the tasks are completed, our experts will review your answers and start preparing your application so that the best case is best presented. Government fees are also due once the application is completed and we can correctly calculate the government fees due. After a final review by you, and by our experts, your application will be submitted! You will have peace of mind that only comes with an accurate application.
- 5Approval and Renewals
We notify you when your visa is approved! If there are any questions or rejections from the government, we will answer them and resubmit without any further fees from us. We securely store your immigration documents for 7 years and provide alerts well before any expiry dates. Renewing or taking the next step toward citizenship is easy when all your immigration history is in one place.
Some documents you will need to provide, and some documents we may prepare for you.
- Digital Photo of Visa Applicant
- Humanitarian and Compassionate Application Approval
- I-797 H-1B Approval Notice
- Passport Biographic Page
You might need the following documents based on your situation, or to enhance your application approval.
- Passport Pages with Visas, Stamps or Marks
- Police Certificate
- Proof of Permanent Residence Approved in Principle
- Provincial Nomination Certificate
- Receipt of Refugee or Protected Person Application
- Unenforceable Removal Order