The bridging open work permit (BOWP) is a type of work permit which allows a worker who is currently in Canada to keep working while they wait for the results of their permanent residence application. To qualify, an applicant must have applied to one of these permanent residence programs: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Program, Provincial Nominee Program (unrestricted), Caring for Children Class, or Caring for People with High Medical Needs Class.
To be eligible for a BOWP, the following parameters must be met:
Note: Foreign nationals in the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) are eligible for a BOWP only if they have provided a copy of the nomination letter issued by the nominating province or territory along with their application and no employment restrictions of the nomination.
For a principal foreign worker who obtained a BOWP, the following eligibility requirements apply:
Provincial Nominee Class
For the Provincial Nominee Class the employment location on the work permit must be restricted to the nominating province.
FSWC, FSTC, CEC and caregiver classes (caring for children class and caring for people with high medical needs class)
For a BOWP issued to Federal Skilled Worker Class, Federal Skilled Trades Class, Canadian Experience Class or caregiver classes applicants, there are no restrictions to employment location.