However, if that's the case, you have to. The Open Work Permit (OWP) allows foreign citizens to work for any Canadian employer, without first having a confirmed job offer. Depending on the job and the industrial sector, a positive LMIA must be issued before a TFW can apply for a temporary work permit. In most cases, foreign citizens need a job offer and a confirmation letter, known as a positive labor market impact assessment (LMIA), to apply for a work permit.
Even your spouse or domestic partner can apply for an open work permit if you're a student, which means that he or she can work for almost any employer in Canada as long as you're a full-time student. If you will be working in the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program, you are not eligible to apply for a work permit in a POE. You can work if you study full time at a post-secondary institution and have found a part-time job on campus (such as in a bookstore or library). Read on to learn what jobs you'll need a work permit for and what jobs don't.