Published On: September 19th, 2022 / Last Updated: September 19th, 2022 / 2.9 min read /

Top Reasons for Refusal of a Spousal Open Work Permit (SOWP)

As a Canadian international student or a worker in Canada, you may want to consider applying for a spousal open work permit (SOWP). This type of permit would allow your spouse or partner to work full-time in Canada while you finish your studies or while you work on your work permit.  There are certain conditions which need to be met to be able to apply for SOWP.

However, it’s important to be aware that there are certain reasons why your application for a spousal open work permit may be refused. We’ll go over some of the top reasons for refusal so that you can be as prepared as possible when applying for a spousal open work permit.

Lack of Evidence Showing Genuine Relationship

When applying for a spousal open work permit, you will need to provide evidence that you have a genuine relationship with your spouse or partner. This could include things like joint bank statements, joint lease agreements, birth certificates of any children you have together, etc. If you are unable to provide sufficient evidence showing that you have a genuine relationship, your application may be refused.

Insufficient Funds

Another reason why your application for a spousal open work permit may be refused is if you cannot prove that you have enough money to support yourself and your spouse or partner during your stay in Canada. You may need to provide things like bank statements or payslips indicating that you have enough money to support yourselves. If you cannot provide such evidence, there is a chance your application will be refused.

Incorrect or Incomplete Application

Another reason why your application for a spousal open work permit may be refused is if it is incomplete or if any of the information on the application is incorrect. Be sure to double-check your application before submitting it to ensure that all of the information is correct and that nothing is missing. If anything is inconsequential, this could lead to your application being refused outright.

Insufficient supporting documents

You have to meet certain eligibility criteria, like having a job in certain professions, if you are a worker. If you are a student you should be able to prove you are a bonafide student and be actively studying. You will need documents, to be able to prove the eligibility criteria. Your application may be refused, for not submitting enough documentation.


Misrepresenting yourself on your application, or providing false or misleading information, is grounds for refusal of a Canada visa. Make sure that everything you include on your application is accurate and truthful.

You can be banned from applying to come to Canada for a period of 5 years. Misrepresentation is serious and should be taken seriously.

These are some of the top reasons why applications for spousal open work permits are refused. Be sure to keep these in mind when preparing your own application so that you can increase the chances of having your application accepted.

When in doubt always seek professional advice.

If you need a hand with your application, contact us today. You can book a consultation to get started. Turningstone Immigration Consulting is a full-service Immigration consultancy. Our services are provided by a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC).

We deal in all types of immigration-related applications, like Permanent Residence (PR), Study Permits, Work Permits, PGWP, Visit Visa (Temporary Resident Visas), Super Visa, Family Sponsorships for PR Applications, Refusals and much more. Contact Us Today.

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