Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP)

Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP)

The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Canada (IRCC) allows the option of the Bridging Open Work (BOWP) Permit to enable future permanent residents to maintain their work status. Applicants of Permanent Residency programs can continue working in Canada while waiting for the final decision on their PR application. Experienced immigration consultants offer versatile services to Permanent Residence applicants holding valid work permits.


The Bridging Open Work Permit bridges the gap between the expiration of the present work permit and approval of the PR application. Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) grants an Open Work Permit. The Open Work Permit keeps them in Canada as they wait for the Permanent Residency. It also allows them to work anywhere in Canada. Holders of BOWP are also eligible to work for the employer of their choice.

Incomplete application of Permanent Residency will result in refusal of BOWP application. You can seek professional immigration services to ensure that your PR application is complete in all aspects. The Bridging Open Work Permit offers flexibility to work for any employer and live in Canada without the need to apply for a visitor visa while the PR application is under consideration.

Significance of the Bridging Open Work Permit

Implied Status is necessary for international workers who may be facing the prospect of being out of status while waiting for the decision on their permanent residence application. It is mandatory to apply for a Bridging Work Permit before the expiration of the current work permit.

The implied status helps temporary work permit holders work in Canada with no hassles. However, the applicant must leave Canada on the refusal of the permanent residency application. Failure to work or live in Canada while out of status will affect your prospects to immigrate to Canada.  

BOWP eligibility requirements

The Bridging Work Permit facility is not available to all permanent residency applicants. One must apply to one of the following permanent residency programs to obtain a Bridging Open Work Permit:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Provincial Nominee Program
  • Quebec Skilled Worker
  • Caring for People with High Medical Needs Class
  • Caring for Children Class
  • Agri-food Pilot Program

The following eligibility criteria exist to become eligible for the Bridging Open Work Permit:

  • Application for permanent residence is in process.
  • Validity of work status on the existing work permit
  • Must complete the permanent residence application in all respects
  • Presently living in Canada with a valid work permit and a temporary resident status

Eligibility of spouses or common-law partners 

The facility of BOWP also extends to the principal applicant’s spouse or common-law partner. They should apply for an open work permit along with the principal applicant. It is subject to the fulfillment of the following requirements by the holder of BOWP:

  • Has permission to work in Canada with no work permit as per the provisions of Section 186(w) of Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. 
  • The applicant of BOWP is eligible to work for a minimum of six months after receipt of a Work Permit for the spouse or common-law partner.
  • Has employment under Atlantic Immigration Pilot
  • The present job is within NOC Skill Levels 0, A, B, or C 
  • Can establish a genuine relationship with the spouse or common-law partner
  • The applicant is holding a Quebec Selection Certificate, a Provincial Nominee Certificate 

You should seek professional help from an approved immigration expert to ensure that your application for BOWP is in order.  SunnySpire offers dependable support to candidates exploring BOWP and permanent residency options. We assess every individual case and design a tailor-made strategy. Call us today and experience our reliable and time-bound services.

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