Spouse Open Work Permit

A spouse open work permit in Canada allows the spouse or common-law partner of a temporary foreign worker or international student in Canada to work in the country. It is an open work permit, which means that it allows the spouse to work in any occupation and for any employer in Canada. This type of work permit is not job-specific, so the spouse does not need a confirmed job offer to apply. The duration of the work permit will depend on the validity of the spouse’s study or work permit.


There are three main eligibility requirements to apply for a spouse based open work permit for Canada.
Spouse of international student in Canada; or
Spouse of foreign worker in Canada (high skilled or low skilled); or
Spouse who is being sponsored for permanent residence under family class


Identity documents such as passport, digital photo, family booklets, national id cards
Proof of medical exam, learn more about immigration medical exam (IME)
Police certificate (if listed on the country specific requirements list)
Financials to cover the costs of living in Canada for the family
Evidence such as ties to home country to support that you will leave Canada at the end of the authorized stay

Our Service Fee For Initial Spouse Open Work Permit

Did you know? Returning clients with previous professional services from YCI (e.g. DLI Admission) could save up to $400 on our professional plans. This does not apply to the Basic plan or consultations.

Below fee table is for the applicant only and does not include applicable government fees and taxes. If you are applying with dependent family members, please add $500 for spouse and $100 for each dependent child.


Reliable support of DIY clients.
  • Document checklists and samples
  • Answer your immigration questions
  • File review and improvement suggestions



Submit the best first application.
  • Document checklists and samples
  • Letter of explanation improvements
  • Comprehensive file review
  • Represented submission
  • One ATIP/GCMS request
  • Free one resubmission


Address past refusals from Canada.
  • Everything from Professional plan
  • Address past refusals
  • JR suitability review
*The 'Basic' plan includes two 45 minutes consultations. In most cases, this is sufficient to address questions and review documents from clients who has drafted the application on their own. Additional time is available at $50 per 15 minutes or a portion of.
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We can adjust the consultation fee in the final billing so it does not increase the total cost to you!

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