Several federal and provincial immigration classes exist for eligible foreign workers who are already living and working in Canada on work permits. In some cases, an applicant’s work permit will expire while the permanent residence application is being processed or will soon be submitted. A bridging open work permit (BOWP) allows the applicant to remain in Canada until a decision has been made on his or her application.
Individuals who hold a BOWP may work for any employer in Canada, providing them with the flexibility to integrate into the Canadian labour market without having to temporarily leave the country or find an employer willing to go through the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process.
Note that in order to qualify for a BOWP, the applicant must already be deemed eligible for immigration to Canada under one of the following classes:
For applications processed through the express entry pool, the individual receives an acknowledge of receipt when he or she submits an electronic application for permanent residence (e-APR). The application for a BOWP can be submitted once this acknowledgement is received, and it will be processed once Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has conducted its completeness check. If the e-APR is deemed incomplete, the applicant will not be granted the BOWP.
You may apply for a BOWP if you meet the following conditions:
Your spouse or common-law/conjugal partner may be eligible for an open work permit if the following conditions apply:
Note that you dependent children must have either an LMIA or an LMIA exemption in order to apply for a work permit.