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An Open Work Permit allows a foreign national to work in Canada for any employer; except for an employer who:

  • is listed as ineligible on the list of employers who have failed to comply with the conditions or

  • regularly offers striptease, erotic dance, escort services or erotic massages

Am I eligible for an open work permit?


You may be eligible for an open work permit if you:

  • Are an international student who graduated from a designated learning institution and are eligible for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program

  • Are a student who is no longer able to meet the costs of your studies (destitute student)

  • Have an employer-specific work permit and are being abused or at risk of being abused in relation to your job in Canada

  • Have applied for permanent residence in Canada

  • Are a dependent family member of someone who applied for permanent residence

  • Are the spouse or common-law partner of a skilled worker or international student

  • Are the spouse or common-law partner of an applicant of the Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program

  • Are a refugee, refugee claimant, protected person or their family member

  • Are under an unenforceable removal order

  • Are a temporary resident permit holder

  • Are a young worker participating in special programs, for example Working Holiday program


Note: In each of these situations, you must meet additional criteria to be eligible.

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