Spousal Open Work Permit (SOWP) is applied to sponsor’s spouse or common law partner inside Canada to bring them together while waiting for their spousal sponsorship application decision which could take up to 12 months. Instead of economic and emotional hardship the sponsor’s spouse or common law partner may apply for Spousal Open Work Permit. However, spouses or common law partners of skilled workers and students in Canada may also apply for SOWP. Canadian citizen or Permanent resident may sponsor their spouse or common law partner for permanent residency under the Family Class category of Spousal sponsorship.
Open Work Permit for Spouse is not employer or job-specific and it allows the holder to work for almost any Canadian employer, without initially having a confirmed job offer or employment.
By obtaining Canadian Open Work Permit for Spouse, the sponsored spouse or common law partner can live and work beside their spouse in Canada while waiting for the decision on their sponsorship application of PR. SOWP permits are valid up to 02 years unless the applicant’s passport expiry date comes first.
Spousal Open Work Permit (SOWP) Eligibility and Requirements
Members of foreign representatives or foreign military members who are working in Canada may also apply for SOWP.
Spouses of the applicants must meet the eligibility criteria in order for the applicants to obtain Canadian Open Work Permit for Spouse.
Spousal sponsorship is available to couples already living together in Canada where a spouse or common law partner is holding a temporary status in Canada as a visitor, student, or worker.
Spousal Open Work Permit (SOWP) Process
The applicant can apply online for a SOWP. When applying for a Canadian SOWP there is no requirement for IELTS score for the applicant and after the open work permit is approved the holder of SOWP can work full-time and stay with their spouse until their work permit is valid.
Open Work Permit for Spouse in Canada may be extended if the status of your spouse or common law partner is primarily extended as well.
Canadian Spousal Open Work Permit can be beneficial for the couple financially as well as making an economic contribution to Canada.
Canada is known for reuniting families together in many different ways, SOWP is just one of them.
SOWP Supporting Documents
When completing a work permit application, select an option for Open Work Permit as the type of work permit and do not fill any information under employer section.
If a spouse of the SOWP applicant is holding a PGWP, a copy of their work permit must be attached with the submission of the application of a SOWP along with their current employment letter confirming the spouse is working in a NOC 0, A or B skilled position and a copy of pay slips needs to be enclosed as well.