Looking to bring in your spouse or common-law partner to Canada along with you for work or to study? This applies to people who live in Canada and also outside Canada on a temporary visa (study or work permit) and want to bring their spouse to the country with an official grant to work in any field of their choice. Essentially, your spouse can work anywhere in Canada with not many restrictions except a few
Do not worry anymore! Here at GreenTree Immigration, we can make it happen as soon as possible for you to bring in your partner and your dependent child on a canadian spouse Visa
GreenTree Immigration is one of the top ICRCC business consultants to handle SOWP visas having versatile consultants with immediate response. We have years of experience in processing successful Spouse Open Work Permits (SOWP) for Indian citizens. SOWP has gained 100% success rates for clients whose partners are in Canada now!
With a Spousal Open Work Permit Visa or spouse visa one can:
When one is applying for SOWP from India or anywhere outside Canada for your spouse or common-law partner, the candidate and the candidate’s sponsor should be able to submit a few primary documents. The primary documents are listed below:
SOWP Applicant’s Document Checklist:
Sponsor’s Document Checklist:
These documents along with properly completed application forms and other relevant documents are to be submitted completely to get through the Canadian SOWP. For more clarity on guidance and documentation process for your spousal open work permit visa get in touch with GreenTree Immigration, the top ICCRC consultant to handle SOWP.
Applying for SOWP can be done in two different ways:
(i) Inside Canada
(ii) Outside Canada
|In-Canada Class Application (inside Canada)||Family Class Application (outside Canada)|
|SOWP, In-Canada For Canadian citizens or permanent residents who are sponsoring a spouse or common-law partner who is physically present in Canada and live with them at the time of the application, a class application is a common choice||In contrast to an in-Canada class application, a candidate applying under this application type may be located within or outside of Canada at the time of application. Contrary to the earlier option, a candidate applying under this class does not have the choice to submit an application for a work permit while their PR Application is being processed.|
|Processing fee of SOWP inside Canada:
$100 open permit holder fee and
$155 work permit fee
| Processing fee of SOWP inside Canada:
$100 open permit holder fee and
$155 work permit fee
|Processing duration - 13 months||Processing duration - 17 months|
One can qualify for an open work permit if your spouse is already employed or enrolled in a university in Canada or if your spouse has sought to sponsor one for permanent residence in Canada.
You can include your dependent children in your application for a spousal open work permit if you fulfil the income requirements to sponsor them. If your child is not already a citizen of Canada, you may be able to sponsor them if you are a citizen, a permanent resident or a registered Indian. Children who are dependent on you must fill out their own child-dependent visa application forms. You and your kids are permitted to: Submit your applications simultaneously, either at Visa Application Center (VAC) or online. The best part about obtaining a SOWP is that you can bring your dependent child with a visitor grant provided:
Connect with GreenTree Immigration to know more about bringing in your dependent child to Canada on your spousal open work permit.
When you are applying for a Canada SOWP visa for your spouse or common-law partner, anywhere outside Canada it takes about 17 months for the processing. For instance; if your spouse or common-law partner is applying for a SOWP visa from India it would take 17 months to process it.
A spousal open work permit may be available to those whose spouses have asked to be sponsored by them or whose spouses are in Canada on a work visa or a study visa. Depending on your spouse's status in Canada, there are different criteria for submitting an application for a spousal open work visa. Your eligibility requirements for obtaining a SOWP depend on whether you live in Canada or outside India. However, you must have met the following general criteria to acquire the SOWP visa:
|Categorization||Required occupational skill level for primary candidate||Term of the primary applicant's work permit|
|Candidates for common-law or Canadian spousal sponsorship||Not Applicable||Not Applicable|
|Spouses or common-law partners of those who hold study permits||Not Applicable||Not Applicable|
|Spouses or common-law partners of those with work permits under the Atlantic Immigration Program (AIP)||0, A, or B||6 months|
|Spouses or common-law partners who are holders of Quebec selection certificate (CSQ)||Any level of occupational skill||6 months|
|Spouses or Common-law partners of the provincial nominees||Any level of occupational skill||6 months|
|Holders of bridging open work permits (BOWPs) and their spouses or common-law partners||Differs according to the category the primary candidate applies into||6 months|
|Spouses or Common-law partners with work permit other than BOWP (containing IEC, PGWP)||0, A, or B||6 months|
a) Visitor visa b) Dependent PR visa and c) SOWP visa?
|Visitor Visa||Dependent PR visa||SOWP visa|
|Relatives or your spouse can travel and enter Canada using a visitor visa, commonly known as a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). It demonstrates that you are eligible to enter Canada. Most visitors to Canada require a visitor's visa. A visitor visa is only eligible for a visitor and your common-law partner cannot work or study in Canada.||You may be able to sponsor your spouse, partner, or dependent children to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents if you meet the requirements.
The validity of the stay is permanent and this is a pathway to acquire citizenship upon staying inside the country for 1092 days. This is a permanent visa.
When you apply for dependent PR for your spouse; you must be able to aid them financially and check if they require government social assistance. Your spouse can be able to work under the Dependent PR visa.
|With limited conditions, a spouse of some temporary Canadian visa holders is capable of working anywhere in Canada for any company.
The spouse open work permit (SOWP) is a Temporary visa issued to dependents of the Temporary Resident Visa (Study and Closed work permit) holders currently living in Canada. The SOWP Visa allows the spouse to stay and accompany their spouse in Canada. The validity of the stay depends on the TRV holder Visa expiration date.
|Dependent child||Add $150 per child|
Check out all that you need to know about the Dependent PR and SOWP visa eligibility, the document checklist, the steps involved in the application process and all other details here!
The SOWP's validity correlates with that of your partner's Canadian work permit or study visa, you are able to work during your partner's stay in Canada and provide for them while earning more money to improve your financial situation. Only as long as the main applicant's permit (sponsor) is valid may a spouse receive an open work permit. It won't be issued past the expiration date of the applicant's passport if it is about to expire.
Yes, you may extend your spouse's open work visa before the existing one expires after 45 days. However, the Spousal Open Work Visa (SOWP) is completely dependent on the validity of the partner's study or work permit in Canada, thus it is essential to be aware of the validity period. A SOWP is dependent on the spouse's study or work permit. The dependent is also known as the 'lead applicant' and is only effective while that permit is still in operation. You will have to renew depending on your spouse's permit if your SOWP expires.
Candidates seeking spouse open work permits (SOWP) should be able to show that they possess enough money to cover their stay in Canada. An application may be rejected if an officer is not confident that the candidate would be able to sustain themselves while staying in Canada.
Canada SOWP Proof of funds can be shown in two modes:
a) Applying SOWP along with a spouse study visa Under SDS
When applying for a Canada study visa under SDS, a student is required to have a GIC certificate with a deposit of CAD$ 10,000.
If you intend or prefer to bring in your dependents to Canada the proof of funds for SOWP can be shown as follows:
|S.no||Person||Funds required in CAD$||Funds required/Month in CAD$|
|3||1st Dependent Child||3000||255|
|4||2nd dependent child||3000||255|
a) Applying SOWP along with spouse study visa Under Non - SDS
(GIC is not mandatory. However, you can show your funds in GIC format even if you apply under Non-SDS)
In the event of applying for a Canada study visa under Non- SDS, it is essential to have sufficient proof of funds to take care of your stay in Canada. If you intend or prefer to bring in your dependents to Canada the proof of funds for SOWP can be shown as follows:
|S.no||Person||Funds required in INR||Funds required/Month in CAD$|
|1||Student||4,00,000 - 5,00,000||N/A|
|2||Spouse||2,00,000 - 3,00,000||N/A|
|3||1st Dependent Child||2,00,000 - 3,00,000||N/A|
|4||2nd dependent child||2,00,000 - 3,00,000||N/A|
b)Applying SOWP as a separate application
In the event of applying for a Canada SOWP separately or your spouse is already in Canada under a study visa and you are looking for a Canada SOWP visa.
The proof of funds for Canada SOWP can be shown as follows:
Note: The funds are to show only in SOWP applicant's Bank account
|S.no||Person||Funds required in INR||Funds required/Month in CAD$|
|1||SOWP Applican||4,00,000 - 5,00,000||N/A|
|2||1st Dependent child||2,00,000 - 3,00,000||N/A|
|3||2nd Dependent child||2,00,000 - 3,00,000||N/A|
|4||2nd dependent child||3000 CAD$||255|
Gift deed from parents
GIC (possible & accepted only when applied with study visa application)
Shares & Bonds
A detailed statement of the last 3 to 6 months is required. The account bank statement must be provided as a document.
It's also an excellent method to get a permanent residency (PR) visa for Canada to get a spouse's open work permit. It enables you to get legal job experience that may be utilized to boost your score for the immigration programmes for permanent residence.
You could be qualified to re-apply if your spouse's open work visa is rejected. One must re-apply only if you have new information or documents to address the basis for the rejection.
An open work permit for a spouse could be rejected for several reasons. Some of the major reasons for a SOWP rejection are given below:
After you have been granted a spousal open work permit, your permission will not be cancelled if you and your partner are separated or your common-law relationship terminates. However, you must notify IRCC of your revised relationship status because you will no longer be qualified for a SOWP if your relationship has ended while your candidacy is still being processed.
After getting married, there is no set time frame that a candidate must wait before submitting an application for a visa.
Yes, GreenTree Immigration is one of the best ICCRC consultants to handle SOWP. GreenTree Immigration has top-notch immigration-related services such as SOWP, Dependent PR visa, visitor visa and many more solution-oriented services. We would proudly register that we have never faced rejections to date. On the other hand, we are known to handle previous rejections for a successful outcome. Yes, our prime and leading consultants aid and assist you to obtain your SOWP visa as soon as possible with their timely follow-up calls and providing details.
Ans : Your spouse should hold a valid study or work visa in order for you to apply for a SOWP. Hence, wait until your partner receives a valid permit after which you can apply for a SOWP.
Ans : You can apply for a Canada SOWP right after your partner is granted a visa successfully. There is no wait time as your permit is valid only until the tenure of your partner’s study or work visa. Hence, we recommend you apply as early as possible after your spouse receives his/her visa.
Ans : Yes, it is possible to extend a Canada SOWP while in Canada. However, it is suggested that you extend it before your permit expires.
Ans : You can check your application status in the “Track my application” section of your profile. However, we’ll closely follow up on your SOWP application status. Hence, needless to worry.
Yes, you can stay in Canada on the maintained status and fortunately, Canada allows you to stay in the country while your SOWP application is processed while your visitor visa has expired.
Yes, you can apply for a visitor visa to enter and live in Canada temporarily with your spouse until your SOWP gets granted.
No, the best part about receiving a SOWP is that you can work anywhere in Canada on receiving a SOWP visa for any employer with limited restrictions.
Insufficient documents supporting your spouse’s employment or study proof in Canada might be the prime reason for refusal. Not enough proof supporting a genuine relationship also leads to SOWP rejection.
The processing fee is $255 which is inclusive of - $155 for SOWP and $100 for a work permit.
There is ideally no waiting time after you get married to apply for a SOWP. Until your spouse’s Canada visa is valid, there are no restrictions on applying for an open work permit.
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