An open work permit allows a foreign national to work for any Canadian employer he/she wants over a specified period of time. Some open work permits may restrict the kind of job or place in which the foreign national may work. A worker may apply for an open work permit from outside of Canada, within Canada or at a Canadian port of entry.
Canadian Open work permits are only issued to certain individuals who are also exempt from the LMIA requirement. For more information on those exempt from the LMIA requirement.
Note: These workers are only eligible for an open work permit if they meet the requirements for the program to which they are applying.
There are two kinds of open work permits: unrestricted open work permits and occupation restricted open work permits.
Under an unrestricted open work permit, a foreign national can work in any job, in any place and for any employer. An unrestricted open work permit will be given to eligible workers who have passed the medical exam (Medical Exams for Temporary Foreign Worker Applicants). Unrestricted open work permits can also be given to eligible workers mentioned who:
Under an occupation restricted open permit, an eligible person may work for any employer but the job in which the person must work will be specified. The job restriction is due to the fact that occupation restricted open permits are given to eligible workers who have not completed a medical exam. Thus, holders of occupation restricted open permits are usually not allowed to work in jobs related to health.
If an eligible worker receives an occupation restricted open permit and is from a country that does not require a medical exam when entering Canada, he/she will not be allowed to work in:
If an eligible worker acquires an occupation restricted open permit and is from a country that does require a medical exam, he/she will not be allowed to work in:
For list of countries that do and do not require medical exams.
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