Bridging Open Work Permit

The bridging open work permit helps in extending the status of foreign nationals that are working in Canada while they wait for a decision on their permanent residency application. It is only applicable to those who have submitted an application for a permanent residency and are already in possession of an official work permit.


Eligibility Requirements

To apply for BOWP, a foreign national should first meet the following criteria:

  • Reside in Canada with official temporary resident status
  • Hold a valid work permit with temporary resident status
  • Have submitted to renew their work permit
  • Maintained status in Canada
  • With authorization to work on a work permit, the applicant should be eligible to restore their temporary resident status
  • After applying under an eligible non-express entry permanent residence stream applicant should have passed the R10 section completeness check for a QSWC application or express entry application or a positive eligibility assessment.

BOWP For PR Applicants

You might be eligible if you applied to any one of the permanent residence programs mentioned below:

Permanent Residence Using Express Entry


Provincial Nominee Program


Quebec Skilled Workers


Caring For Children Class


Caring For Individuals With High Medical Class Needs


Agri-Food Pilot


Home Child Care Provider Pilot


Home Support Worker Pilot


Frequently Asked Questions

Does Bridging Open Work Permit Allows You to Work Anywhere In Canada?
Bridging open work permits generally allows foreign nationals to work for any employer in Canada.
What Is The Validity Time Of A Bridging Open Work Permit?
The validity time for bridging open work permits is for 24 months. But, if the processing of a permanent residence application goes beyond the bridging open work permit validity, in that case, extensions might be issued for twelve months.
Can We Add Spouse And Minors On Bridging Open Work Permit Applications?
If a bridging open work permit holder is working in Canada in a qualified field, their spouse might apply for an open work permit. Minor children might as well come with the bridging open work permit holder by applying for a visitor record.
Can we apply for a BOWP from Quebec?
Temporary foreign nationals that have a Quebec Acceptance certificate and live in Quebec might be eligible to apply for a BOWP.
What Are The Eligibility Requirements For A Quebec Resident To Apply For BOWP?

Being a resident in Quebec, temporary foreign nationals should meet both of the conditions mentioned below:

  • Have applied for permanent residence to refugee, immigration, and citizenship Canada as the primary applicant as a qualified worker in Quebec.
  • Have received an AOR from IRCC confirming the completeness of your permanent residence application.
What Is The Processing Time For BOWP?
The processing time for bridging open work permits takes about three to four months.
On A BOWP Can We Leave Canada?
No, a bridging open work permit allows foreign workers to work in Canada but cannot be used as a travel credential. Foreign workers should have a valid ETA or temporary resident visa to return to Canada on a BOWP.
Can We Apply For BOWP From Outside Canada?
No, foreign workers have to reside in Canada in order to apply for a bridging open work permit.

BOWP Permanent Residency Programs

In the express entry program and provincial nominee program, you should:

  • Live in Canada
  • Have an original work permit expiring in or less than 4 months
  • Be the principal applicant in your PR application and have submitted your PR application
  • Must have your receipt of an acknowledgment, which is given after the submission of your PR application
  • Have no limitations as a nomination condition (applicable only for provincial nominee program)

In the care worker program, you should:

  • Live in Canada
  • Have a minimum of 24 months of skilled work experience
  • Have one of these: original work permit, on implied status, or your eligibility should be restorable.
  • Be approved in principle for your PR application

In the agri-food pilot program, you should:

  • Live in Canada
  • Have an appropriate work permit expiring in or less than four months
  • Be the principal applicant and approved in principle for your PR application


BOWP Documents Checklist

  • AOR letter
  • Provincial nomination certificate (if applicable)
  • Quebec Acceptance Certificate (if applicable)
  • Signed employment agreement (if live-in caregiver)
  • Completed application forms
  • Evidence of status in Canada
  • Marriage certificate (if applicable)
  • Original copy of your passport
  • Medical exam results (if requested)
  • Evidence of payment for government fees


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