Spouse or common-law partner work permit

Your spouse or common-law partner may be eligible for an open work permit if you are a full-time student at a public post-secondary school, or if you are a skilled worker (NOC 0, A or B) with a proof of employment.

Common-law means you have lived continuously with your partner in a marital-type relationship for a minimum of one year.

The work permit for your spouse or common-law partner is valid for the same period of time as your study permit or work permit.

You can apply online or on paper.

Spouse or common-law partner of a Student

Eligibility

Your spouse may apply for a work permit if:

  • You are a full-time student at a public post-secondary school such as a college or university OR Canadian private school that can legally award degrees under provincial law (i.e. Bachelors, Masters or Doctorate degree)

    AND

  • Have a valid study permit

Visit this link for details: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/help-your-spouse-common-law-partner-work-canada.html

Documents required (in-Canada application)

Documents required for spouse or common-law partner work permit:

  • Document Checklist [IMM 5556]
  • Application to Change condition, Extend my stay and Remain in Canada as a Worker [IMM 5710]
  • Photocopy of spouse’s passport pages
  • Photocopy of you and your spouse’s current permit or visa
  • Proof of your academic standing (letter from institutional registrar OR photocopies of transcripts from you last two periods of study)
  • If you are married, provide a photocopy of marriage license or certificate.
  • If you are a common-law partner, provide Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union [IMM5409]. Take the declaration form to a Notary Public, Commissioner of Oaths, or Commissioner of Taking Affidavits.

Visit IRCC website for the official information and download the most recent application forms: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/application-change-conditions-extend-your-stay-canada-worker.html

How to apply

You can apply online or on paper.

Applying online (in-Canada application)

Follow these steps:

  1. Create your Government of Canada online account
  2. Click Continue to GC Key button to start.
  3. Sign up with your information
  4. Click Sign Up button to create your profile.
  5. Don’t forget your username, password and security answers! You will need them later.
  6. Start an application
    • Click Apply to come to Canada to start an application under Start an application section.
  7. Personal checklist
    • If you have a Personal Reference Code, click Continue.
    • If you don’t have a Personal Reference Code, click Visitor visa, study and/or work permit.
  8. Find out if you’re eligible to apply
    • Fill out your information and click Next to check your eligibility.
    • You won’t see this step if you have a personal reference code.
  9. Your results for eligibility
    • Click Continue to proceed with application.
  10. Create your personal checklist
    • Click Continue to proceed with your personal check list.
  11. Answer the series of questions and review your answers.
    • Click Continue to proceed.
  12. Submitting your application
    • Read instructions thoroughly and click Continue.
  13. Your document checklist
    • Application Form:
      • Click Application to Change Conditions, Extend my Stay or Remain in Canada as a Worker [IMM 5710] to download the form.
      • Fill out all the information and validate the form.
      • Upload the form by clicking Upload File button.
    • Supporting Documents:
      • Upload each document by clicking Upload File button
        • Proof of your academic standing: letter from institutional registrar, OR photocopies of transcripts from you last two periods of study
        • Spouse’s Passport: scan the biodata page (a page with your picture, name and signature) and all stamped pages
        • Spouse’s current permit or visa
        • Marriage certificateor Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union [IMM5409]: PDF, JPG, TIFF, PNG, DOC or DOCX format with maximum of 4MB file size is accepted
        • Any additional documents applicable to you
      • Once all the required form and documents are provided, Next button will appear. Click Next to proceed.
  14. Your declaration and electronic signature
    • Make sure every document has been uploaded and Details status is Uploaded.
    • Agree to the declaration, type an electronic signature, answer the security question, then click Sign button to proceed.
  15. Signature
    • Click Transmit and pay to proceed. You can pay with Visa, MasterCard, American Express, JCB, China Union Pay, or a debit card (Visa Debit, Debit MasterCard, Interac).
  16. Congratulations!
    • Once submitted, congratulations message will be displayed. You will receive a fee payment receipt and Acknowledgement of Receipt letter on your Government of Canada online account. This is your proof of application submission. Make sure you keep them for your record.
Applying on paper (in-Canada application)

Follow these steps:

  1. Download and print the application package from this link: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/application-change-conditions-extend-your-stay-canada-worker.html
  2. Fill out the forms and print them.
  3. Prepare the required documents from Document Checklist.
  4. Pay the application fee online.
  5. Review your application package.
  6. Mail the complete application package to IRCC. Keep a copy of the application. Send it by a registered mail and keep the tracking number for your record.

Visit this IRCC link for detailed information and requirements: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/study-canada/work/help-your-spouse-common-law-partner-work-canada.html

Spouse or common-law of a Worker

Eligibility

Your spouse may apply for a work permit if:

  • You are a skilled worker (NOC 0, A or B) with a valid work permit

    AND

  • You have a proof of employment

Documents required (in-Canada application)

  • Document Checklist [IMM 5556]
  • Application to Change condition, Extend my stay and Remain in Canada as a Worker [IMM 5710]
  • Fee payment of $255 (print out the payment receipt if you apply on paper)
  • Photocopy of spouse’s passport pages
  • Photocopy of you and your spouse’s current permit or visa
  • Copy of the letter of employment confirming your employment in an occupation under NOC Skill Type 0, A, or B
  • Copy of your last 3 pay stubs

    AND

  • Copy of your valid work permit
  • If you are married, provide a photocopy of marriage license or certificate. If the document is not in English or French, provide a certified translation.
  • If you are a common-law partner, provide Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union [IMM5409].
    • Take the declaration form to a Notary Public, Commissioner of Oaths, or Commissioner of Taking Affidavits.

How to apply

You can apply online or on paper.

Refer to previous section, How to apply for a work permit as a spouse or common-law of a student.

***Note: If you apply outside Canada, make sure to refer to this guide: www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/application-forms-guides/guide-5487-applying-work-permit-outside-canada.html

Processing time

Visit this link for weekly updated application processing time. www.cic.gc.ca/english/information/times


Disclaimer: The content on this website is only a guide for MITT students, not official legal advice, and information on this website may change without notice. Students are entirely responsible for ensuring that they are in compliance with all IRCC regulations at all times during their studies and while they are in Canada, including requirements for permit and visa. We recommend students to refer to IRCC website at www.canada.ca or contact IRCC Client Support Centre at 1-888-242-2100 to obtain the most-up-to-date information.

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