OWP for common-law partner holding a SOWP


New Member
Hi everyone,

I was successfully approved for a Closed Work Permit and my partner for an Open Work Permit (he is considered as my common-law partner).

He has managed to secure a job offer (NOC A) in Canada already.

Now, I have received a better compensation offer from another employer in Canada but I am restricted to work for my sponsor as of now.

-> Would it be possible for me to apply at the Port of Entry (Toronto Airport) for a SOWP (under my partner's own SOWP) ? I am asking if it is possible to get an immigration officer to switch my status from Closed Work Permit to SOWP.

-> Are immigration officers at Toronto Airport able to operate work permits and open work permits onsite immediately?

-> If both responses are no, what would you recommend me to do to be able to work for any employer asap?

Many Thanks for your help and support.

Riley Haas

Active Member
No, you cannot get an open work permit because your spouse has one. I suppose, if you spouse got a normal work permit as well, you can then apply for the spousal work permit.

Alternatively, you could apply to change your work permit.