Canada is a fascinating place to live. Its vast, breathtaking landscape attracts many daring travelers, but it also has a lot to offer those looking to relocate and work abroad. This guide is intended for ex-pats who want to relocate and work in Canada, with a focus on the open work permit Canada. Other advantages of living in Canada include its multicultural, welcoming society, high standard of living, and low crime rate. Because of cultural similarities, UK ex-pats find it relatively easy to adjust to life in Canada. English One of the two most widely spoken languages is English. We’ll explain what it is and walk you through the requirements, application process, fees to expect, and how to extend your permit. This should give you a good idea of whether this permit is right for you and how to apply for it. We’ll also include a helpful tip for managing your finances with Wise’s multi-currency account in preparation for your big move. You’ll see how this could significantly reduce the costs of relocation.
In Canada, what types of work permits are available?You must first obtain a work permit in order to work in Canada. There are two kinds of work permits: open work permits and employer-specific work permits. ¹ The employer-specific work permit allows the holder to work for the employer listed on the permit for a specified period of time. The employer will typically be required to have completed certain steps to assist the application, as well as provide a copy of the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and a confirmed job offer. The open work permit, on the other hand, is not job-specific, so if you have one, you can work for any compliant employer. More information on which employers you can work for can be found here. What about the limitations on these work permits? For example, you might wonder if you can travel outside of Canada while holding an open work permit. Can I study in Canada if I have an open work permit? With a work permit, you can travel outside of Canada as long as you have your travel documentation, such as a Canadian temporary resident visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA). Unfortunately, you cannot study if you have an open work permit3. However, there are options for both work and study. International students with a study permit, for example, are permitted to work up to 20 hours per week while studying and 40 hours (full time) during summer or other regular breaks. You should be aware that you must meet certain criteria in order to be eligible for an open work permit.
Requirements for obtaining an open work permit in CanadaThe open work permit eligibility criteria are quite stringent. You must be one of the following:
- As an international graduate of a designated learning institution, you can apply for a post-graduate work permit in Canada.
- A Canadian citizen seeking permanent residency
- A dependent family member of a Canadian permanent resident applicant
- Skilled workers or international student’s spouses or common-law partner
- A spouse or common-law partner of an Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program applicant
- A temporary resident permit holder
- A young worker who takes part in special programs
- A refugee, refugee claimant, protected person, or a family member of a refugee
- A student who is unable to cover the remaining costs of your studies
- You have an employer-specific work permit, but you are being abused or are at risk of being abused because of your job in Canada.
- As a result of an unenforceable removal order.