Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP)
The Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) allows foreign nationals who are currently working in Canada to extend their work permit while they await a decision on their permanent residency application (APR). The BOWP is only available to those who have already submitted a permanent residency application and are already in possession of a valid work permit. In order to qualify for BOWP the applicant(s) must have submitted an APR under one of the following classes:
For certain employer-driven streams in the PNC, the nominating province or territory may impose employment restrictions on a successful nominee until the person becomes a permanent resident. If employment restrictions are imposed, IRCC does not issue an open work permit to the foreign national under the BOWP Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) exemption.
Eligibility parameters for BOWP
To be eligible for a BOWP, foreign nationals must:
Note: Foreign nationals in the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are eligible for a BOWP only if they have provided a copy of the nomination letter issued by the nominating province or territory along with their application, and there is no indication that employment restrictions exist as conditions of the nomination.