Immigration applicants no longer need to wait until 4 months before their work permit expires to apply for a BOWP. They may be eligible for a Bridging Open Work Permit even if their work permit expired.
Canada recently announced changes to the Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) program that will make it more accessible. The mark of the BOWP is to permit these laborers to continue to work in Canada while they hang tight for Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to settle on a choice on their super durable residency application.
BOWPs are open to eligible work permit holders who have applied for Canadian permanent residence. The mark of the BOWP is to permit these laborers to continue to work in Canada while they hang tight for Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to settle on a choice on their super durable residency application.
In addition to all this, the BOWP has opened to the following types of applicants:
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) applicants if they have a copy of the nomination letter that indicates their employment is unrestricted and they selected “Open Work Permit” on their application form.
Agri-Food Pilot applicants if they submit their application online, and provide their approval in principle letter in the “Client Information” field with their application.
BOWPs issued to people in other immigration categories will be valid for 12 months.
Spouses of BOWP holders do not automatically get a BOWP. If your spouse wants to work in Canada, they may apply as a spouse of a skilled worker or as a spouse of a full-time student, whichever applies. Spouses of study permit holders may apply for a spousal open work permit if they are eligible for a Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP).
Who is eligible for a Bridging Open Work Permit?
The point of the BOWP is to permit individuals who are as of now in Canada to keep working at their positions while their extremely durable residency application is in handling. They needn’t bother with a Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA), which is frequently expected of work license holders in light of the fact that by temperance of working in Canada they are as of now giving a financial advantage.
As such, you cannot apply at a port of entry. You have to be applying from within Canada since, in the government’s eyes, your presence here is allowing you to be exempt from an LMIA.
If you applied for permanent residency under one of the following programs, you may be eligible for a BOWP:
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSWP)
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FSTP)
caring for children class or caring for people with high medical needs class before June 18, 2019
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) for applicants for who do not have employer restrictions on nominations
Agri-Food Pilot (AFP)
Quebec skilled worker class (QSWC)