Bridging Open Work Permit in Canada – BOWP
The concept of an open work permit in Canada is exciting. Of course, an open work permit means you may work for any employer. However, not many people qualify for an open work permit. A Bridging Open Work Permit in Canada, also known as BOWP, is one option to qualify.
- What is an open work permit?
- What is a Bridging Open Work Permit?
- Qualifying permanent resident applications for BOWP
- The application process for Bridging Open Work Permit
- What about the family members?
- Let us help!
A foreign national who holds an open work permit may work for any employer. However, open work permits could include restrictive clauses. For example,
- you may only work in a specific region in Canada,
- the work could be under certain NOC codes, or
- you may not work in the healthcare sector or with children.
Of course, this list is neither inclusive nor exclusive. You may also read my article on this subject for more information.
- have submitted a qualifying permanent resident application as the principal applicant;
- hold a valid work permit that will expire in less than four months; and
- are currently residing in Canada.
The qualifying PR applications for a Bridging Open Work Permit include:
- Express Entry (EE) options, namely:
- Agri-Food Pilot (AFP)
- Quebec skilled workers (QSWC)
- Provincial Nominee Class (PNC), if there are no employer restrictions on nominations.
- Start-up visa (conditions apply)
- TR to PR Pathway
- Caring for children class or caring for people with high medical needs class if you applied before June 18, 2019
IRCC may accept applications under the Caregiver Pilot Program if they show 24 months or more work experience in Canada. Of course, by Caregiver Pilot, I mean the Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot. Regardless, this group may apply if they also meet one of the following requirements:
Of course, the status list only applies to Caregiver Pilot applicants. Consequently, the rest of the applicants must have a valid work permit at the time of application.
Most in-Canada applicants must submit their work permit applications online. Of course, BOWP is no exception. However, you may apply on paper if you have a disability or another valid reason that prevents you from an online application. The process is similar to a regular work permit application. You create an online application and upload all the files and forms. Of course, you may consider hiring a professional if you don’t know how to do it.
Sometimes you have family members. Consequently, you could apply for the following:
- An open work permit for your spouse or common-law partner
- Visitor records for your minor children
- A separate study or work permit for dependent adult children
Of course, you must pay the government fees and upload the necessary forms and documents.
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