Work Permit for Spouses

July 20, 2025

Spouses or common-law partners of the international students may be eligible for open work permits if:

  • you are a full-time student at:

  • a public post-secondary institution, such as a college or university or collège d’enseignement général et professionnel (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

  • you have a valid study permit work permits are valid for the same period of time as your study permit.


Under the following cases minor children of international students do not need a study permit to study in Canada:

  • minor children attending kindergarten;

  • minor children who are refugees or refugee claimants, or whose parents are refugees or refugee claimants; and

  • minor children who are already in Canada with parents who are allowed to work or study in Canada, and who want to attend pre-school, primary or secondary school.


Important Notes:

  • Common law partners or spouses(with valid open work permit) of international students do not require a job offer or a Labour Market Opinion from service Canada.

  • If minor children of international students reach the age of 18 or 19 while studying then they must apply for a new study permit if they wish to continue their studies in Canada.


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