Family Members of Low Skilled Workers Can Get a Work Permit
Yes, it is possible for certain family members of low-skilled workers in Canada to obtain a work permit.
In some cases, the spouse or common-law partner of a low-skilled worker may be eligible for an open work permit, which would allow them to work for any employer in Canada without first obtaining a job offer.
Additionally, the dependent children of low-skilled workers may also be eligible for a study permit that would allow them to attend school in Canada.
Under the International Mobility Program, family members of foreign nationals authorized to work in low-skilled occupations (TEER 4 or 5) in Canada may be eligible for certain immigration benefits.
Specifically, the spouse or common-law partner of a foreign national authorized to work in a TEER 4 or 5 occupation may be eligible for an open work permit, which would allow them to work for any employer in Canada without the need for a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).
In addition, dependent children of the foreign national may also be eligible for study permits, which would allow them to attend school in Canada.
Definition of a dependent:
- To be a dependent family member, the applicant for an open work permit must be in a genuine relationship with a principal foreign national.
For the dependent family member to be eligible there are certain requirements that must be met:
- be authorized to work in Canada by reason of
- a valid work permit (employer-specific or open under a non-spousal category) other than a work permit issued under R206 exemption from an LMIA.
- the authority of section R186, except paragraph R186(v or w) to work without a permit
- if authorized to work by the issuance of a work permit, it cannot have been issued based on a Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in the
- Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program
- Agricultural Stream
- Low-Wage Stream
- be authorized to work in Canada for a period of at least 6 months after the family member’s open work permit application is received
- be employed in a low-skilled occupation (TEER 4 or 5)
- be physically residing or plan to physically reside in Canada while employed
It’s important to note that eligibility for these benefits is subject to certain requirements and conditions, and that each case is assessed on an individual basis. Therefore, it’s recommended that those interested in pursuing these options consult with a qualified immigration professional to determine the best options for your particular situation.