The Bridging Open Work Permit was created as a way to keep workers in Canada working while their applications for permanent residency are processed.
The IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) realized that applicants to certain permanent residence programs who had valid work status in Canada — but whose work status may run out before a decision was made on their application for permanent residence — would benefit from a work permit to ‘bridge’ the gap between the expiry of their current work permit and the decision on the application for permanent residence.
In order to be eligible for a BOWP, applicants must have applied as the principal applicant under one of the following programs:
Applicants must also:
If the permanent resident application is not complete, IRCC will refuse the Bridging Open Work Permit application and will not refund the processing fees. Previously, BOWP had to wait until their current work permit was within four months of expiration before applying — this time constraint was removed in 2021.