Bridging Open Work Permit

Bridging Open Work Permit

The Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) helps Canada PR applicants to continue working in Canada while a decision on their application is made. Also, the applicant can apply for this work permit if they applied for Canada PR through 1 of the following programs:


Applying for Bridging Open Work Permit

Express Entry System

The following terms are to get a Bridging Open Work Permit if the applicant is applying through 1 of the EE sub-streams such as:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)


Who can apply?

To apply, meet the terms such as:

  • Are currently living in Canada (except Quebec).
  • Have a valid work permit with 4 months of validity remaining or less.
  • Must be the main applicant on your PR application.
  • Submitted a complete Canada PR application and cleared all assessment checks.
  • Have acknowledgement of receipt letter.
    • Besides, the applicant gets this in its Express Entry account once IRCC gets their PR application.


Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)

Applying online via Express Entry System

Apply for a BOWP, meet the following terms:

  • Are currently living in Canada. But not in Quebec.
  • The work permit is about to expire in 4 months or less.
  • Are the main applicant on the permanent residence in Canada application. 
  • As a condition for nomination, the applicant must not have any restriction on employment.
  • Submitted a complete PR application and have cleared all assessment checks.
  • Have acknowledgement receipt letter.


Apply on paper

Meet the terms such as:

  • Living in Canada (not including Quebec).
  • Valid work permit will expire in 4 months or less.
  • Be the principal applicant on the PR application.
  • As a condition of nomination, there is no restriction on occupation.


Home Child-Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot

To apply, meet these terms:

  • Are living in Canada. However, must not include in Quebec.
  • Must be approved in principle for permanent residence.
  • Have 24 months of qualifying work experience.
  • Meet 1 of the following terms:
    • Have a valid permit.
    • Applied to extend the work permit before the original work permit expires.
    • Qualify to restore the status and get a work permit.


Caring for children class OR Caring for people with high medical needs class

To apply, meet the following terms:

  • Live in Canada except for Quebec.
  • Have a valid work permit that is about to expire in 4 months or less.
  • Are a principal applicant on the permanent residence application.
  • Be approved in principle for PR.
  • Submitted a complete application for Canada PR before the programs closed as of June 18, 2019.


Agri-Food Pilot

To apply meet the following terms:

  • Living in Canada but outside Quebec.
  • Have a valid work permit that is valid for at least 4 months or less.
  • Are the main applicant on the permanent residence application.
  • Be approved in principle for permanent residence.