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.



STUDY PERMIT FOR CHILDREN OF AN INTERNATIONAL STUDENT

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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