Bridging Open Work Permits are a type of work permit issued to temporary residents in Canada who have submitted an application to extend their stay as a worker but whose current work permit is about to expire. The purpose of a Bridging Open Work Permit is to allow individuals to continue working in Canada while their application for a new work permit is being processed.
Who is Eligible for a Bridging Open Work Permit?
To be eligible for a Bridging Open Work Permit, you must meet the following requirements:
- You must have submitted an application to extend your work permit in Canada.
- Your current work permit must be valid for no more than four months when you apply for the BOWP.
- You must be currently in Canada and have valid temporary resident status.
- You must have complied with all the conditions of your current work permit.
- You must not be inadmissible to Canada.
It’s worth noting that not all temporary residents in Canada are eligible for a BOWP. For example, individuals who have applied for permanent residence through the Express Entry system or who are in Canada under a provincial nominee program may not be eligible for a BOWP. It’s always best to consult the most up-to-date information from IRCC before making any decisions.
How Does a Bridging Open Work Permit work?
If you’re eligible for a Bridging Open Work Permit, you can apply for one online through the IRCC website. You’ll need to provide certain documents and information, such as proof of your current work permit, your application for a new work permit, and your current passport.
Once your application has been submitted, IRCC will review it to ensure that you meet all the eligibility requirements. If your application is approved, you’ll receive an email from IRCC with a letter confirming your BOWP. You can then use this letter to continue working in Canada legally until a decision is made on your application for a new work permit.
BOWPs are generally issued electronically, meaning they don’t need to be physically stamped or printed on your passport. Instead, you’ll receive an email from the (IRCC) with a letter confirming your permit’s details. It includes its validity period and any applicable conditions.
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An RCIC, or Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant, can assist you with the process of applying for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) by providing expert guidance and support throughout the application process.
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