Getting an open work permit for a student’s spouse is bit difficult but not impossible. An open work permit for a student’s spouse is valid until the study or work permit of the student. There are three ways to get an open work permit for spouse
- Apply for open work permit for spouse when you are applying for your student visa
- Apply for open work permit for spouse after you reach canada
- Apply for visitor visa for your spouse and apply for open work permit once your spouse is there in Canada
There are pros and cons of each method
When using first method there are lot of chances that open work permit as well as your student visa application got rejected. The reason is that the CHC ask the candidate to prove his/her home ties and if both husband and wife are applying than there is no way student can prove that he/she will come back to home country once his education is over.
In my opinion the second method is the best one. In this first you apply for student visa and since your spouse will be back home so this think can convince the CHC that you will return back to your home country after your studies. Also once you are in canada on student visa you can apply for an open work permit for your spouse. This process can take upto 3 months and CHC can ask fro medical examination of your spouse.
When using third method what you will have to do is you can get your student visa and soon after you can apply for a visitor visa for your spouse. Once your spouse reaches Canada he/she can apply for the open work permit. The chances of getting the visitor visa are really bright but chances of getting an open work permit while in canada are not that bright. On top of that the whole process can take upto 3 months.
I am coming along with all the articles related to the process of getting open work permit in next couple of weeks. Please ask any questions if you have i will be happy to help you out.