Spouse Visa


A Spousal Open Work Permit (SOWP) is a type of open work permit that allows the spouse or common-law partner of a work permit or study permit holder to work in Canada. SOWP doesn’t require the spouse to have any specific educational qualifications, linguistic ability, or work experience. This permit allows eligible spouses or partners to work for any employer without restrictions in Canada. The length of the open work permit will be the same as the permit of their spouse.


International Students:
  • Valid study permit
  • Enroll full-time in DLI
Work Permit Holders
  • Valid Work permit
  • Full-time employment in TEER 0, 1, 2 or 3


  • Work anywhere and no time limits:With an open work permit, the spouse can work for any employer in Canada without any limitations on working hours.
  • Accompany the spouse to Canada:It allows the spouse or common-law partner to accompany their spouse to Canada during their stay there.
  • Pathway to Permanent Residence:Spouse open work permit holders will be eligible under the Canadian Experience Class after completing their one-year work experience in Canada.

Documents Required

  • IMM 1295
  • IMM 5645
  • Passport
  • Marriage Certificate
  • Digital Photoy
  • Financial Documents
  • Medical Report
  • Supporting Documents for ties to home country
  • Work Experience
  • Educational Documents
  • Proof of relationship
Spouse in Canada:
  • Valid Permit in Canada
  • Enrollment Letter, Offer Letter, and Fee Receipt (if on study permit)
  • Work Experience (if on work permit)
  • Financial Documents

How to Apply

  • Gather Documents
  • Complete the Application Forms
  • Pay the Fee

It is an online application that you can submit through your GC account.

Application Fee

  • Open Work Permit Fee: 155
  • Work Permit Holder Fee: 100
  • Biometrics Fee: CAD 85

Processing Time

It usually takes 1-2 months to process the application once received.

Check the processing time at: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/application/check-processing-times.html