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Open Work Permit for Spouses

Eligibility

Your may apply for a Work Permit if you are a full-time 91社区 student and you have a valid听Study Permit. Your spouse/partner will not require a job offer to apply, and his/her permit will be valid for the same period as your study permit.

For more details, visit the "" page of the Immigration Canada website.

INSTRUCTIONS - HOW & WHERE to APPLY

Applying from OUTSIDE of Canada

  • Scenario A: Together with your Study Permit Application听OR
  • Scenario B: Separate from your Study permit Application

For the two above scenarios, you would apply online.


Applying Online

1. 听Go to the听听page of the Immigration Canada听website and fill out the听听questionnaire. 听

2. 听Write down the听personal reference code听you are given at the end of the questionnaire.

3. 听Log on to听MyCIC听(or register for an account - also known as听a "GC Key" - if you don't have one already)

  • Be sure to include your听UCI听(Universal Client ID - which can be found on your Study Permit)

4. Complete the PDF Application Form provided

  • Save it to your desktop, and upload it to your application (the electronic signature is not needed).
  • No job offer is necessary when applying for a spousal work permit.听 You can indicate "not applicable" in fields requesting this information.
  • No Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is necessary for the above work permits; you can leave this section blank.听NOTE:听听91社区's CIC Designated Learning Institution number (DLI#) is听O19359011033

5. Upload required documents

  • Upload your saved听IMM5710听form to your application
  • When asked to upload your passport, be sure to include ALL stamped/marked pages of your passport. These should all be scanned into 1 document.
  • If you were required to do a medical exam as part of your work permit application, upload proof of this (i.e. a receipt) in the additional documents section.
    **听IMPORTANT: Immigration Canada plans to expand their biometrics program. Your spouse may be required to provide biometrics when applying for their open work permit, for more information please see听our News page.

6. Pay the required fees:

  • Spousal听work permit = $155 + new $100 fee (as of Feb. 21, 2015) =听$255

7. Wait to receive your online work permit approval notice (Letter of Introduction).

  • You can 听to find out how long it will take before you get your Work Permit.听 Processing times vary according to volume and time of year.
  • Having problems with your CIC online application? 听Contact your visa processing office.

Applying from WITHIN Canada

  • Scenario: Your spouse has entered Canada as a visitor, and now wishes to apply for an Open Work Permit


Applying Online

Biometrics requirement expanded to inside Canada applications. You听must听submit biometrics in order to extend or apply for an immigration document听from inside Canada听鈥撎e.g.听study permit, work permit, visitor record, and temporary resident visa (TRV/Visitor Visa/Entry Visa). See the听ISS News Section听补苍诲听听for more information.听U.S. citizens听are currently exempt from having to provide biometrics. For a full听, see Immigration Canada鈥檚 website.

1. 听Go to the听听page of the Immigration Canada听website and fill out the听听questionnaire. 听

2. 听Write down the听personal reference code听you are given at the end of the questionnaire.

3. 听Log on to听MyCIC听(or register for an account - also known as听a "GC Key" - if you don't have one already)

  • Be sure to include your听UCI听(Universal Client ID - which can be found on your Study Permit)


4. Complete the PDF Application Form provided

  • Save it to your desktop, and upload it to your application (the electronic signature is not needed).
  • No job offer is necessary when applying for a spousal work permit.听 You can indicate "not applicable" in fields requesting this information.
  • No Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) is necessary for the above work permits; you can leave this section blank.

NOTE:听听91社区's CIC Designated Learning Institution number (DLI#) is听O19359011033


5. Upload required documents

  • Upload your saved听IMM5710听form to your application
  • When asked to upload your passport, be sure to include ALL stamped/marked pages of your passport. These should all be scanned into 1 document.
  • If you were required to do a medical exam as part of your work permit application, upload proof of this (i.e. a receipt) in the additional documents section.

6. Pay the required fees:

  • Spousal听work permit = $155 + new $100 fee (as of Feb. 21, 2015) =听$255

7. Wait to receive your online work permit approval notice (Letter of Introduction).

  • You can c to find out how long it will take before you get your Work Permit.听 Processing times vary according to volume and time of year.
  • Having problems with your CIC online application? 听Contact听the Immigration Canada Call Centre at 1.888.242.2100

Applying at the Border

You have the option of applying for your work permit (spousal)听at the border or port of entry - and obtaining it the same day - if you are TRV-exempt, meaning either:

  1. You are a citizen of a TRV-exempt country,听翱搁
  2. You are a citizen of a TRV-required country and are re-entering Canada听solely听from the US

The closest land borders that process work permits are:

  • Lacolle/Champlain
  • St. Armand/Phillipsburg
  • Stanstead
  • Montreal's Trudeau Airport - but听only听if you are flying into Montreal from an international destination.

If you don't have access to a car,听you can take a bus to the US borderFile

Don't forget to bring:

  • Passport
  • Valid Study Permit - belonging to the full-time 91社区 Student
  • Immigration Canada听application fee:听$155听+听new $100 fee听(as of Feb. 21, 2015) =听$255
  • All of your supporting documents: proof of medical exam (if applicable), Marriage License/Certificate (translated in either English or in French) or听.
    **听IMPORTANT: Immigration Canada plans to expand their biometrics program. Your spouse may be required to provide biometrics when applying for their open work permit at the port of entry, for more information please see听our News page.

Applying upon ARRIVAL to Canada

  • Scenario: Your spouse is from a TRV-exempt country. They will be able to apply for the Open Work Permit for Spouses at any port of entry.听

Applying at a Port of Entry

You have the option of applying for your work permit (spousal)听at the border or port of entry - and obtaining it the same day - if you are TRV-exempt, meaning either:

  1. You are a citizen of a TRV-exempt country,听翱搁
  2. You are a citizen of a TRV-required country and are re-entering Canada听solely听from the US

The closest land borders that process work permits are:

  • Lacolle/Champlain
  • St. Armand/Phillipsburg
  • Stanstead
  • Montreal's Trudeau Airport - but听only听if you are flying into Montreal from an international destination.

Don't forget to bring:

  • Passport
  • Valid Study Permit - belonging to the full-time 91社区 Student
  • Immigration Canada听application fee:听$155听+听new $100 fee听(as of Feb. 21, 2015) =听$255

  • All of your supporting documents: proof of medical exam (if applicable), Marriage License/Certificate (translated in either English or in French) or听.


In addition to the information above, please also review ISS' FAQs page.

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