Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) is helpful for foreign workers in Canada, whose current work permit is due to expire within four months, and have applied for permanent residence, under either the Federal Skilled Worker Class, the Federal Skilled Trades Class, the Canadian Experience Class or one of the Provincial Nominee Programs. The biggest advantage this program brings is that the applicant can continue working legally in Canada while their application for permanent residence is being processed.
Under this program, applicants or their dependents do not need to leave Canada temporarily or stay under visitor status or apply for LMIA.
Submit the electronic application for permanent residence (e-APR).
An Acknowledgement of Receipt Letter is automatically generated in the MyCIC account.
Applicants who are eligible for BOWP should apply immediately after receiving this.
Acknowledgement of Receipt Letter issued by IRCC.
BOWP Applications are processed after the Centralized Intake Office validates the completeness. Incomplete e-APR Can lead to the refusal of the BOWP application and the applicant is no longer eligible under this program.
The foreign national must:
If the bridging open work permit, of an applicant for permanent residence, that has been applied under the Provincial Nominee Program, then it is restricted to the nominating province. The province and city of destination will need to be selected to show the province/ territory.
No restrictions of employment location are there for the bridging open work permit, issued to applicants for the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class or Canadian Experience Class.