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Am I Eligible for a Bridging Open Work Permit in Canada?

A Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) allows foreign nationals currently residing in Canada to continue working while their permanent residence (PR) application is being processed. This type of permit helps avoid the necessity of leaving Canada, switching to visitor status, or seeking an employer-specific Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA).

 

Eligibility Criteria for BOWP

To qualify for a BOWP, applicants must meet several requirements:

1. Current Residency and Status:
            • Be physically present in Canada.
            • Hold a valid work permit or have maintained status after applying to renew their work permit.
            • Be eligible to restore their temporary resident status if it has expired.
2. Permanent Residence Application:

Have submitted a PR application under specific economic immigration programs, such as:

            • Express Entry (Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Program).
            • Provincial Nominee Program (PNP).
            • Quebec Skilled Worker Program (QSW).
            • Agri-Food Pilot.
            • Caring for Children Class or Caring for People with High Medical Needs Class (if applied before June 18, 2019).

Ensure their PR application has passed the completeness check under Section 10 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR), or received a positive eligibility assessment.

3. Supporting Documents:
            • Include necessary documents such as an acknowledgment of receipt letter and, if applicable, a nomination letter from the province or territory.

 

Application Process

Applicants should follow these steps to apply for a BOWP:

1. Gather Required Documents:
          • Acknowledgement of receipt (AoR) letter.
          • Provincial nomination certificate (if applicable).
          • Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ) for Quebec applicants.
          • Proof of status in Canada.
          • Completed application forms and payment of applicable fees (work permit processing fee of CAD 155 and open work permit holder fee of CAD 100).
2. Submit Application:
          • The Canadian government recommends the applicants to apply online for faster processing. If applying online is not possible, paper applications are accepted.
          • Pay the required fees and ensure all documents are correctly filled out and uploaded.

 

Special Considerations

    • Family Members:
      • Spouses or common-law partners of BOWP holders may be eligible for their own open work permits if certain conditions are met, such as the principal applicant holding a valid work permit for a minimum of six months and working in a qualifying occupation.
      • Dependent children, however, are not eligible for open work permits and must apply separately with either an LMIA or an exemption.
    • Location Restrictions for PNP Applicants:
      • Those applying under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) must work within the nominating province or territory. Quebec residents can apply for a BOWP if they intend to live in Quebec and hold a valid CSQ.

 

Processing Times and Fees

    • Processing Time: The target processing time for BOWP applications is 120 days, though recent data indicates that only 30% of applications met this standard within the last reported period.
    • Application Fees: The total cost includes a work permit processing fee of CAD 155 and an open work permit holder fee of CAD 100, bringing the total to CAD 255.

 

For more detailed information on applying for a BOWP, including step-by-step guidance and additional eligibility criteria, applicants should consult official resources provided by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) or may reach out to Relydence Immigration Inc. for free assessment. 

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