Open Work Permit

Bridging Open Work Permit

This type of work permits allows foreign nationals who are currently working in Canada to extend their work permit while they await a decision on their permanent residency application. This permit is only available to candidates who have already submitted a permanent residency application and are already in possession of a valid work permit. A successful BOWP application results in an open work permit, enabling the holder to work for multiple employers in multiple locations, of their own choosing.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Have submitted an application for permanent residence
  • Current work permit expires in four months or less
  • Have valid status on a current work permit
  • Currently residing in Canada

Note that not all permanent residence programs are eligible for the BOWP as it is available to applicants to the following permanent residence programs only:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW)
  • Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST)
  • Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP)
  • Caring for Children Class
  • Caring for People with High Medical Needs Class