Bridging Open Work Permits (BOWPs) allow foreign nationals working in Canada to extend their work permit while they await a decision on their permanent residency applications. BOWP is only available to those who have already applied for permanent residence and have a valid work permit. Applicants who successfully complete the BOWP application will receive an open work permit allowing them to work for multiple employers in multiple locations of their choice.
A foreign worker must meet the following conditions before applying for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP):
Additionally, not all permanent residence programs are eligible for the BOWP. The BOWP is available only to applicants to the following permanent residence programs:
Applicants who meet the eligibility criteria for the BOWP may submit an application. Applicants for permanent residence through the province of Quebec are not eligible for the BOWP. Some Quebec applicants may be eligible to work with a Certificate de selection du Quebec (CSQ)