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New Rules for Canada Spousal Open Work Permits

By Casey March 25, 2024 (Updated March 25, 2024) 2 min. read
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Canadian immigration has updated the eligibility requirements for Spousal Open Work Permits (SOWP). Effective March 19, 2024, spouses of international students can only get an SOWP if their partner is enrolled in a master’s or doctoral degree program at a university or polytechnic institution. Previously, spouses of students in undergraduate and college programs were also eligible.

Exceptions for Spouses of Undergraduate Students

There’s good news for some spouses of undergraduate students! They can still apply for an SOWP if their partner is enrolled in a professional degree program at a university. These programs include:

Proof of Relationship and Enrollment Required

To apply for an SOWP under this exception, you’ll need to provide documents proving your relationship with the student and their enrollment in the program. This can include:

What if I already applied for an SOWP?

The new rules don’t apply to you if you submitted your Spousal Open Work Permit application before March 19, 2024. Your eligibility remains the same as long as your spouse or partner is in good standing as an international student, meeting these criteria:

This applies even if you’re a current SOWP holder applying to extend your permit.

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