Canada Open Work Permit

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What is an Open Work Permit?

Open Work Permits are highly desirable because of the freedom and flexibility they give their holders. This type of permit can allow holders to not be restricted to one employer or a specific location in Canada, but it depends on the type of Open Work Permit. The benefit of having the mobility in employment can help holders progress their career goals by giving them more discretion to find opportunities all over Canada. As they gain more Canadian work experience, they will be well on their way to gaining eligibility for permanent residence. Open Work Permits are Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exempted which means it is less costly and there is no need for employers to get involved in the immigration process.

Types of Open Work Permits

There are two types of open work permits:

  • Unrestricted (allowing foreign nationals to work in any occupation and location)
  • Restricted (restricting the occupation or the location)

For a restricted Open Work Permit, holders are not restricted on a specific employer, but the type of occupation under a specific NOC class.

The following below are some of the immigration programs that can offer Open Work Permits if applicants meet their criteria:

  • International Mobility Program (IMP)
  • Post-Graduation Work Permits (PGWP)
  • International Experience Canada (IEC) - Working Holiday Program
  • Bridging Open Work Permits (BOWP)
  • Inland Spousal or Common-Law Sponsorship
  • Refugee Claimants


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