An open work permit enables a foreign national to work for a given period of time with any Canadian employer he or she likes. Some open work permits can limit the type of job or place where a foreign national can work. A worker can apply from outside Canada, within Canada, or at a Canadian port of entry for an open work permit.
Only those persons who are also excluded from the LMIA provision are given Canadian Open work permits.
Types of permits for open work
Openwork permits may be given with the following information
The following persons are entitled to have an open work permit issued
Foreign nationals currently living in Canada whose work permit will expire shortly and who have submitted a permanent residency application under:
Note: These workers are eligible for an open work permit only if they comply with the programme criteria for which they are applying.
International nationals who have applied for permanent residency under a spouse or common-law partner in Canada class (SCLPC). Under this class, applicants would be eligible to receive an open work permit if
There are two kinds of open work permits: open work permits without limits and open work permits limited by occupation.
A foreign national can work in any job, any location, and for any employer under an unrestricted open work permit. Eligible workers who have completed the medical test will be granted an unrestricted open work permit (Medical Exams for Temporary Foreign Worker Applicants). Eligible workers who are listed may also be issued unlimited open work permits
A qualified person can work for any employer under an occupation-restricted open permit, however, the job in which the worker must work will be specified. The job limitation is due to the fact that qualifying employees who have not undergone a medical test are granted occupation-restricted open permits. Therefore, holders of limited open permits for employment are typically not permitted to work in health-related occupations.
If a qualified worker obtains a restricted open permit for employment and is from a country that does not require a medical test when entering Canada, he/she will not be permitted to work in
If a qualified worker obtains a restricted open permit for occupation and is from a country requiring a medical test, he/she will not be permitted to work in