In order to apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) a foreign national must first meet the following conditions:
As well, not all permanent residence programs are eligible for the BOWP. The BOWP is only available to applicants to the following permanent residence programs:
If a foreign national meets the eligibility criteria they may submit an application for the BOWP. Those applying for permanent residency through the province of Quebec are not eligible for the BOWP. However, certain applicants in the province of Quebec may be eligible to apply to work with a Certificate de selection du Quebec (CSQ).
A foreign national is required to submit a BOWP application before their current work permit expires. If their current work permit expires before they have received a decision regarding their BOWP application, they may continue to work in Canada under implied status until a final decision has been issued regarding the BOWP application. However, if the BOWP application is denied, the foreign national must cease working in Canada immediately. If a foreign national works in Canada without a valid work permit, they will jeopardize all future applications for Canadian immigration.
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