You need a work permit

If you’ve filed a claim for refugee protection in Canada, you need a work permit.

You may be eligible for an open work permit if you filed a claim for refugee protection in Canada and you meet 4 conditions:

Normally, you’ll apply for your open work permit when you make your claim for refugee protection. If you didn’t apply for a work permit when you made your claim, you can apply later.

If you’re extending your work permit

If you’re extending your work permit and your medical results are no longer valid, you can’t work in a job that requires a medical exam. Your work permit will list conditions that limit where you can work.  

Family members

Your family members are not eligible for an open work permit unless they’ve also made a claim for refugee protection. They may qualify for another type of work permit.

Fee exemption

You don’t need to pay any fees for this work permit.

When you apply

When you fill out your work permit application form

You can apply online (recommended) or on paper.

How to apply for a work permit

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