Bridging Open Work Permit
The bridging open work permit is a way to keep a worker in Canada working while his or her application for PR 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 if they already hold a valid work permit that is due to expire within four months.
Eligibility Criteria for Bridging Open Work Permit
- The foreign national is currently in Canada;
- The foreign national has valid status on a work permit that is due to expire within four months;
- He or she is the principal applicant on an application for permanent residence under the FSWP, the CEC, the PNP or the FSTP;
- The foreign national received a positive eligibility assessment on his or her application; and
- The foreign national has made an application for an open work permit.
Foreign National can’t apply for Bridging Open Work Permit if:
- The foreign national is in Canada under section 186 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (work permit exempt);
- The foreign national has let his or her status expire;
- The foreign national’s work permit is valid for longer than four months and/or he or she has a new LMIA that can be used as the basis for a new work permit application;
- The foreign national is applying for a bridging work permit at the port of entry.
- The foreign national is a provincial nominee who has not submitted a copy of his or her nomination letter with the application for a bridging work permit, or whose nomination letter specifically indicates employment restrictions.