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.
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
Permanent Residence Using Express Entry
Provincial Nominee Program
Quebec Skilled Workers
Caring For Children Class
Caring For Individuals With High Medical Class Needs
Home Child Care Provider Pilot
Home Support Worker Pilot
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Bridging Open Work Permit Allows You to Work Anywhere In Canada?
What Is The Validity Time Of A Bridging Open Work Permit?
Can We Add Spouse And Minors On Bridging Open Work Permit Applications?
Can we apply for a BOWP from Quebec?
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?
On A BOWP Can We Leave Canada?
Can We Apply For BOWP From Outside Canada?
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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