Under what conditions do you qualify to get a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP)?

Under what conditions do you qualify to get a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP)?

Have applied for a Canada PR visa but are yet to get a decision? If yes, then you need a Bridging Open Work Permit. This work permit allows PR applicants to work in Canada while their PR visa application is being processed by IRCC. But under what conditions do you qualify to get a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP)?

The current blog post sheds light on what is a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) and why you need one. 

As now you know, the bridging open work permit allows you to work in Canada while your PR visa application is processing. However, this is different from you applying for an LMIA-required work permit.

Because a Bridging Open Work Permit is an open work permit. As a result, you can work with any Canadian employer across many industries. In comparison to a closed work permit, in which you cannot change your employer until your visa expires.

 

What conditions make you qualify to get a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP)?

If you wish to apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) then you must meet the following conditions:

  • Firstly, be in Canada with authorisation i.e., as a temporary resident.
  • Secondly, you should have valid status in Canada as 1 of the following:
    • Have a valid work permit.
    • Hold a valid status (are authorised) after applying to renew your work permit.
  • Also, have applied for a Canada PR visa under 1 of the following 7 categories:
    • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP) – Express Entry (EE) System.
    • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP) – Express Entry (EE) System.
    • Canadian Experience Class (CEC) – Express Entry (EE) System.
    • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
    • Agri-Foof Pilot Program.

 

What conditions apply to family members of BOWP applicants?

The conditions applicable to family members of Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) who wish to apply for an open work permit depend on their relation with the applicant.

Spouse/Common-law partner

The spouse/common-law partner can qualify for an open work permit if the BOWP holder meets the following conditions:

  • Firstly, have a valid work permit or qualify to work without a work permit.
  • Secondly, from the date the Spousal Open Work Permit application is received, the BOWP holder has a minimum of 6 months’ authorisation to work in Canada.
  • Also, are in Canada or plan to be in Canada when they start working.
  • Besides, the BOWP holder and their spouse/common-law partner are in a genuine relationship.
  • Their employment meets 1 of the following conditions:
    • Job profile comes under NOC 0, 1, 2, or 3.
    • For Atlantic Immigration Program applicants, the job profile must come under NOC 0, 1, 2, 3 and 4.
    • For any job profile, if they have a provincial nomination or a Quebec Selection Certificate (CSQ).

 

Dependent children

No, dependent children of BOWP holders can not get an Open Work Permit. Thus, they need to apply for a work permit they must get an LMIA or be exempt from the same.

 

Does IRCC allow you to change your province when working on a Bridging Open Work Permit?

There are conditions applicable for Bridging Open Work Permit holders as per their locations such as:

  • PNP nomination holders can not change the province that gave them the nomination.
  • For Quebec, the applicants’ location of employment must be the province of Quebec.

In short, why wait? Connect with GVI to apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) under the guidance of a Canadian Immigration Firm. Free Assessment. Contact Us.

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