Frequently Asked Questions

Who can apply for an open work permit to work for any employer?

You may be eligible for an open work permit if:

-You are an international student who graduated from a DLI and are eligible for the PGWP
-You are a student who can no longer meet the costs of your studies (indigent student - conditions apply)
-You have an employer specific work permit and are being abused or are at risk of being abused in connection with your work in Canada (conditions apply)
-You applied for permanent residence in Canada and are in the process.
-Is an immediate dependent relative of someone who applied for permanent residence
-Is the spouse or common-law partner of a skilled worker or international student the spouse or common-law partner of an Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program applicant.
-Is a refugee, refugee claimant, protected person or family member.
-Are under an unenforceable removal order
-Are a holder of a temporary residence permit
-Are a youth worker participating in special international mobility programs (famously known as a working holiday)

In each of these situations, you must meet additional criteria to be eligible.

Who can apply for an open work permit to work for any employer?

You may be eligible for an open work permit if:

-You are an international student who graduated from a DLI and are eligible for the PGWP
-You are a student who can no longer meet the costs of your studies (indigent student - conditions apply)
-You have an employer specific work permit and are being abused or are at risk of being abused in connection with your work in Canada (conditions apply)
-You applied for permanent residence in Canada and are in the process.
-Is an immediate dependent relative of someone who applied for permanent residence
-Is the spouse or common-law partner of a skilled worker or international student the spouse or common-law partner of an Atlantic Immigration Pilot Program applicant.
-Is a refugee, refugee claimant, protected person or family member.
-Are under an unenforceable removal order
-Are a holder of a temporary residence permit
-Are a youth worker participating in special international mobility programs (famously known as a working holiday)

In each of these situations, you must meet additional criteria to be eligible.

Other questions you may be interested in

I have traveled, but until when is travel considered fresh?

Fresh trips according to Canada's temporary residency forms are the last 5 years.

Do you provide pet-friendly homes?

a) With our suppliers we can definitely help you find homes that accept pets, however you should know that in Montreal cats are more commonly accepted in buildings than dogs. With this information we are not telling you that we cannot find homes that accept dogs, but that the availability is more limited.

b) Please note that each building has its own rules and restrictions.

I am self-employed / freelancer, how can I document my work experience?

If you are independent or freelance, the following are examples and alternatives that you can present:

  • Company registration or alternatively,
  • Registration as independent or alternatively,
  • Service contracts with customers or alternatively,
  • Letters from customers 2 or 3 attesting that you have rendered services to them.

Any of the above documents will allow us to attest to your self-employed occupations. In a complementary, but not main way, you can optionally add any of the following, to strengthen the genuineness of your business: 

  • Self-employed business cards -this document alone does not carry much weight for the officer, ideally it should be accompanied by one of the documents mentioned above.

Web presence: website, facebook -this document alone does not carry much weight for the officer, ideally it should be accompanied by one of those mentioned above-.

Do you have the service of coordinating the transportation of pets from my country to Canada?

At the moment we have available coordination with a supplier to transport pets from Colombia, Peru and Panama, soon we will be adding more countries.

What is CO-OP and does it affect my residency?

The co-op is a professional internship (work experience while you are still a student), it does not affect your residency nor does it count towards your residency (with very specific exceptions in Quebec). Your benefit is that you gain work experience in the professional area of study, which will benefit you in the future when you graduate to find your first job.

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