The bridging open work permit (BOWP) enables a worker in Canada, to continue working while his or her application for permanent residence is being processed.

In-Canada applicants who have applied for permanent residence under one of the eligible economic immigration programs, may be considered for a bridging open work permit. Eligible programs include:

  • Federal Skilled Worker Program
  • Canadian Experience Class
  • Federal Skilled Trades Program
  • Provincial Nominee Program
  • Agri-Food Pilot Program
  • Home Child-Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot

A foreign worker who holds a valid work permit that is due to expire within four months, and who has applied for permanent residence under one of the economic immigration programs may continue to work until a decision is made on his or her application for permanent residence.

Eligibility Requirements

Canadian Experience Class

Federal Skilled Worker Program

Federal Skilled Trades Program

To be eligible for a BOWP, you must:

  • Live in Canada (Quebec not included)
  • Have a valid work permit that expires in 4 months or less
  • Be the principal applicant on your permanent residence application
  • Have submitted a complete application for permanent residence
  • Have your acknowledgement of receipt letter

Provincial Nominee Program

To be eligible for a BOWP, you must:

  • Live in Canada (Quebec not included)
  • Have a valid work permit that expires in 4 months or less
  • Be the principal applicant on your permanent residence application
  • Have no employment restrictions as a condition of your nomination
  • Have submitted a complete application for permanent residence
  • Have your acknowledgement of receipt letter

Agri-Food Pilot

To be eligible for a BOWP, you must

  • Live in Canada (outside Quebec)
  • Have a valid work permit that expires in 4 months or less
  • Be the principal applicant on your permanent residence application
  • Be approved in principle for permanent residence

Home Child Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot

To be eligible for a BOWP, you must

  • Live in Canada (Quebec not included)
  • Be approved in principle for permanent residence
  • Prove you have 24 months of qualifying work experience
  • Meet 1 of the following criteria:
    • Have a valid work permit
    • Have applied to extend your work permit before your original permit expired
    • Be eligible to restore your status and get a work permit