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Bridging Open Work Permit

BOWP is beneficial for foreign workers in Canada who 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 and their current work permit is due to expire within four months. It allows them to continue working legally in Canada while their applications for permanent residence is being processed.

Under this program there is no need for applicants or their dependents to either leave Canada temporarily, stay under visitor status, or applying for LMIA.

On the submission of the electronic application for permanent residence (e-APR) an Acknowledgement of Receipt Letter is automatically generated in the MyCIC account. Applicants eligible for BOWP can apply immediately after receiving this and need not wait for second Acknowledgement of Receipt Letter issued by IRCC.

BOWP Applications will only be processed after the completeness check has been performed at the Centralized Intake Office. Incomplete e-APR Can lead to the refusal for the BOWP application and the applicant is no longer eligible under this program.

To be eligible for BOWP, the foreign national must:

  • Not be in Canada under Section 186 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (work permit exempt)
  • Be currently in Canada having valid status on a work permit due to expire within four months.
  • Have applied for an open work permit.
  • Not let his/her status expire.
  • Be principal applicant for permanent residence under the FSWP, The CEC, the PNP or the FSTP.
  • Receive a positive eligibility assessment on his or her application.
  • Not be applying for a bridging work permit at the point of entry.

The bridging open work permit of an applicant for permanent residence under Provincial Nominee Program is restricted to the nominating province. The province and city of destination should be selected to show the province/ territory.

No restrictions of employment location are there for bridging open work permit issued to applicants for the Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class or Canadian Experience class.

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