Bridging Open Work Permit in Canada

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The BOWP allows you to bridge the gap between the expiration of your present work permit and the pending decision on your PR application, as the name implies. The BOWP is not open to everyone, unlike a conventional work permit or even an open work permit.


To be eligible to apply, you must meet these requirements

  • You’ve already filed for permanent residence through Express Entry, a PNP stream, Quebec, or any other PR route in Canada.
  • You are in Canada and have a valid work permit at the time you apply for the BOWP.
  • The validity of your work permit is shorter than four months, which means it will expire soon.


If you meet these requirements, you can apply for a BOWP that will be valid until your PR application is decided.

If you are granted PR, your Certificate of Permanent Residence will serve as proof of your legal status in Canada, and you will not be required to get a work visa or any other document in order to work, live, or settle in the country.

If your PR application is denied, the BOWP will expire as well, and you will have no legal standing in Canada until you seek for a work or study visa, or even a Temporary Resident Permit. If you fail to do so, or if your application is rejected, you will be required to leave Canada.

Obtaining an ITA alone will not sufficient. You must have submitted your PR application together with all essential documentation, and your file must be awaiting a final decision. The ‘final decision’ is significant because it means that you cannot qualify for a BOWP by filing a partial PR application and then claiming the time period during which the government seeks complete details and all essential information to stay in Canada.If you’re applying for the PNP, your nomination must include employment limitations. Only the province for which you have been nominated will receive a BOWP. Because the BOWP is an open work permit, you can work with any employer you like, but only within the province where you were nominated for PR.


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