A work permit may be issued to a foreign national who intends to perform work that is designated by the Minister as being work that can be performed by a foreign national on the basis that limited access to the Canadian labour market is necessary for reasons of public policy relating to the competitiveness of Canada’s academic institutions or economy.
Spouses or common-law partners of certain foreign students are allowed to accept employment in the general labour market without the need for an LMIA. This exemption is intended for spouses who are not, themselves, full-time students.
Applicants must provide evidence that they are the spouse or common-law partner of a study permit holder who is a full-time student at
a public post-secondary institution, such as a college, university, or CEGEP in Quebec,
a private post-secondary institution that operates under the same rules and regulations as a public institution and receives at least 50 percent of its financing for its overall operations from government grants (currently, only private college-level educational institutions in Quebec qualify), or
a Canadian private institution authorized by provincial statute to confer degrees.
Spouses or common-law partners of full-time students are eligible for open or open/restricted work permits, depending on whether a medical examination has been passed. There is no need for an offer of employment before issuing a work permit.
Work permits may be issued with a validity date to coincide with the spouse’s study permit.