OPEN WORK PERMIT
CHANGING STUDY PERMIT TO WORK PERMIT
An open work permit allows a foreign national to work for any Canadian employer he/she wants over a specified period of time.
Some open work permits may restrict the kind of job or place in which the foreign national may work.
A worker may apply for an open work permit from outside of Canada, within Canada or at a Canadian port of entry.
Canadian Open work permits are only issued to certain individuals who are also exempt from the LMIA requirement.
YOU CAN APPLY FOR OPEN WORK PERMIT, IF:
1-Your post-graduation work permit (PGWP)
A: expired on or after January 30, 2020, or
B: Will expire within 4 months from the date you apply for this open work permit.
2-You were in Canada as of January 27, 2021, when the public policy took effect, and
have stayed in Canada since then.
A: have temporary resident status (this could be from having a valid PGWP, visitor record, or another permit that allows you to stay in Canada), or
B: lost your temporary resident status, but you’ve already applied to restore it, or
C: lost your temporary resident status, but you’ll apply to restore at the same time as you apply for this open work permit
4-You include in your application that you’re applying for an open work permit under this public policy.
5-You have a valid passport.
The work permit will be issued for up to 18 months from the date of approval or until your passport expires, whichever comes first. For example, if your passport is valid for 6 months, then you will be issued an open work permit for 6 months.
To maximize the duration of the open work permit, make sure your passport is valid for at least 18 months from the date of approval.