Canada's immigration system majorly favours family-oriented migrations. Reunification of families is an important part of Canada's immigration policy. On this premise, students can bring their spouse, dependent partner, or common-law partner to Canada. Overseas immigrants who are awaiting a judgement on their inland spousal or common-law sponsorship application can apply for an open work visa in Canada. The Spousal Open Work Permit (SOWP) is an immigration pathway option that allows inland sponsorship applicants to work while their immigration application is being processed.
Who can apply for a Spousal Open-Work Permit?
If you are an overseas student who has completed a course at an approved educational institution and is qualified for a Post-Graduation Work Permit;
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What are the benefits of a Spousal Open-Work Permit?
Overseas spouses can apply for an open work permit at the same time as they apply for permanent residency through spousal sponsorship, or at any time afterwards. Applicants can apply for the SOWP online if their permanent residence application has already been approved in principle.
This means they can apply once they have received a letter from IRCC saying that they meet the permanent residence eligibility standards in principle, but are just yet to pass the medical, security, and background investigations. If the immigration decision is not reached before the SOWP expires, it may be extended. Holders of SOWPs will need to seek extensions before their permits expire.
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