IRCC will temporarily extend open work permit eligibility to spouses and dependent children of most work permit holders at all skill levels starting January 30, 2023.
Sean Fraser, the Immigration Minister, first announced this temporary policy on December 2, 2022.
In accordance with the announcement, the first phase of the new temporary policy will come into effect on January 30.
The spouse of the principal applicant had to work in a high-skill occupation covered by TEER 0, 1, 2, or 3 to qualify for a spousal open work permit before this temporary policy.
A spouse will now be eligible to apply for an open work permit if their principal applicant is employed in any of the following occupations: TEER 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5.
In accordance with this new spousal open work permit temporary policy, IRCC shared eligibility and ineligibility information.
Spouse, common-law partner, or dependent child of a work permit holder is eligible, if the work permit holder in Canada:
At this time, spouses and dependents of work permit holders in TEER 4 or 5 jobs are not eligible, if the work permit holders are currently employed:
The following children qualify as dependents:
Children over 22 years can also qualify as dependents if:
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