BOWP Bridging Open Work Permit Канада
Changes to the Bridging Open Work Permits
A bridging open work permit is designed to essentially bridge the gap between the expiry of your current work permit and the final decision on your application for Canadian permanent residence. In order to do this, you must first have applied for permanent residence under one of these classes:
- The Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC)
- The Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC)
- The Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
- The Caring for Children Class or Caring for People with High Medical Needs Class; or
- The Provincial Nominee Class (PNC) — unless you have employment restrictions imposed as part of the conditions of your provincial nomination.
Bridging Work Permit: Eligibility Requirements
To be eligible for a bridging work permit, you must meet the following requirements.
- You must currently be living in Canada;
- You must have a valid status on a work permit that is due to expire in four months or less;
- You are currently the principal applicant on an application for permanent residence under the FSWC, the CEC, the FSTC, the PNC, or either of the caregiver classes highlighted above;
- You have already received a positive eligibility assessment on your permanent residence application under one of the Economic Class programs;
- You’ve applied for an open work permit; and
- You have paid the full work permit processing fee and the Open Work Permit Holder fee.
Note: If you’re a foreign national currently participating in a PNP, you are only eligible for an open work permit if you have provided a copy of your nomination letter along with your application. There must be no indication that employment restrictions are in place as part of the conditions of your nomination.
You will also not qualify for a bridging work permit if:
- You are a foreign national in Canada under section 186 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) (this means you are work permit exempt);
- You are a foreign national who has allowed their status to expire and must now apply for restoration in order to return to temporary resident status;
- You are a foreign national whose work permit is valid for over four months or if you already have a new LMIA that can be used to help you submit a new work permit application;
- You are a foreign national applying for a bridging work permit at the port of entry;
- You are a spouse or dependant of the principal permanent resident applicant
How to Find out If You’ve Received a Positive Eligibility Decision
According to CIC: “The bridging open work permit (BOWP) requires that the foreign nationals have submitted their application for permanent residence and that CIC has provided a “positive eligibility assessment”. The positive eligibility assessment is considered to be made when the applicants receive their Acknowledgement of Receipt letter (not notice the receipt of electronic submission).”
You should also be able to tell by visiting GCMS and looking for confirmation. This confirmation will vary depending on your type of application and when it was submitted. More detailed information for each program is mentioned here under ‘Determining if a positive eligibility decision has been made’.
More information about bridging open work permits can be found on the CIC website, including information on:
- BOWP and the Express Entry system
- How to determine if your nomination has employment restrictions
- The issuance of a bridging open work permit
- BOWP and employment locations
- What BOWP means for spouse or common-law partner and dependents
Are You Interested in Applying for a Bridging Open Work Permit?
Often, employment and business opportunities are time sensitive and for that reason having a legal representative in Canada with expertise in the area of work permits is the most efficient way to proceed. That is where we at Visaplace come in handy. We have helped thousands and thousands of people worldwide successfully enter Canada on a work permit and we are very certain we can help you too.
Getting started is easy, simply fill out our FREE immigration assessment form and we will get back to you within 24 hours to discuss your eligibility and visa options.
About Michael Niren
Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more
I’ve applied for PR in March 2012. I sponsored my husband in Feb 2014 but nothing came on our files. No response. Can I apply work permit for my husband or can I apply for pr again from somewhere else in Canada for example Prince Edward island.
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Thank you for your inquiry, I’m glad you contacted us! I’m sorry to hear aboutI would love to help answer your questions about the process for Canadian Work Visa. Hiring an immigration lawyer will give you all the answers to your immigration questions, it will also increase your chance for visa approval. Please Miljan, complete this form for me http://www.visaplace.com/immigration-assessment/ it is just a quick and easy way for me to learn more details about you and your situation so that I will be able to advise you accurately and determine the best avenue for us to take to help get you the best possible legal advice.
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If I get BOWP can I go on vacation outside of Canada for few weeks or do I have to wait until I get PR? Thank you
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Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) — please help!
My spouse and I applied for CEC PR back in August and we received an AOR from CIC last week (hurray!). Our current work permits are due to expire on 1st April 2014 and we would like to apply for a BOWP so that we can both continue to work until we hear back about our PR decision.
I completed the eligibility questionnaire and got the IMM5710E form, however I need some help understanding how to complete it correctly.
Under the «Details of Intended Work in Canada» section, it asks what type of permit we’re applying for, should I select ‘Open Work Permit’? ‘Bridging Open Work Permit’ is not listed. Also, I have been working at the same company since 7th January 2012 but all of the questions are focused on expected employment, and it won’t let me put a past date as my intended start date. I’m a little confused as to why it is asking for employment information if a BOWP doesn’t require that you have a job lined up.
In the following link it mentions that under the CEC track you don’t even have to specify the destination province:
«For a bridging open work permit issued to FSWP, FSTP or CEC, there are no restrictions to employment location and therefore the Province of destination value must be set to UNK first, and then the City of destination value of “Unknown” can be selected as follows:
Province of destination: UNK
City of destination: Unknown»
Am I even filling in the correct form? I don’t see anywhere that asks for the above information.
Br > August 29, 2013 by CIC News
Canada is committed to retaining the talented temporary foreign workers it needs to ensure continued economic growth. This includes making sure that temporary foreign workers are able to make a smooth transition to Canadian Permanent Res >
Beginning on December 15th, 2012, the Government of Canada introduced the Bridging Open Work Permit. This permit helps temporary foreign workers remain in Canada during their permanent residency application process. This takes pressure off of both workers and their Canadian employers, and allows them to continue working in Canada while waiting to hear word on the immigration application.
What is the Bridging Open Work Permit (BWP)?
It is not unusual for a foreign worker to realize that their temporary work permit is set to expire during the course of their permanent residency application process. Before the BWP, they were required to undergo the lengthy process of applying for work permit renewal if they wished to continue working in Canada. If a work permit could not be obtained, the individual (and their family) had the choice to either stay in Canada as a visitor, thus foregoing an income from work, or to leave the country until a permanent resident visa was issued.
Now, existing temporary foreign workers can apply for an Open BWP as long as they:
- are currently in Canada;
- have valid status on a work permit that is due to expire within 4 months;
- have received confirmation from Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC) that their permanent resident application under the Federal Skilled Worker Program, Canadian Experience Class, Federal Skilled Trades Program, or a Provincial Nominee Program is eligible for processing
Do you have Confirmation of Eligibility for your PR Application?
The confirmation of eligibility is usually issued for applications under the Federal Skilled Worker Program when a positive Final Determination of Eligibility letter has been sent or emailed by the Central Intake Office (CIO). For the Canadian Experience Class , the Federal Skilled Trades Program , and the Provincial Nominee Programs, confirmation of eligibility is usually communicated when an Acknowledgement of Receipt has been sent by letter or email.
If you do not have either of these documents, you will need to contact CIC or request a copy of the notes relating to your Immigration application to determine whether your PR application has been found eligible for processing.
Receiving a Bridging Open Work Permit
A BWP is valid for 1 year after its issuance. During this time, it should be possible for an individual to receive a decision on their permanent residency application. If no decision is received, a request for extension of a BWP will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
If an applicant is applying for permanent residency through a Provincial Nominee Program, the open work permit will be restricted to the specific province the applicant has applied to.
“This work permit offers some long-awaited help to both foreign workers and employers alike,” said Attorney David Cohen. “By allowing foreign workers to easily stay and work while their permanent residency application is being processed, the Canadian government is underscoring just how highly they value these individuals.”
To find out if you are eligible for a Briding Open Work Permit, please contact Campbell Cohen today.
BOWP Bridging Open Work Permit Канада
Are you currently employed in Canada as foreign worker and have applied for permanent residence and forgot to renew your Work Permit? If so you may be eligible to apply for Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP). What this means you can continue your work as a foreign worker until a decision is made on your permanent residence application.
To be eligible for Bridging Open Work Permit you must have applied under one of these programs:
Provincial Nominee Program (for applicants for whom there are no employer restrictions on nominations)
You must also meet the following conditions for Bridging Open Work Permit
currently be in Canada
the applicant must be on a work permit that is set to expire within four months
the applicant must have submitted a permanent residence application under one the FSWC, the CEC, the FSTC, the PNC or one of the two caregiver classes
the applicant must have completed either an electronic application for permanent residence (e-APR) submitted under Express Entry and has passed the R10 completeness check or the applicant has received a Positive Eligibility Decision on their APR under of the economic classes that was submitted by mail
the applicant has completed an Open Work Permit application
the applicant has paid the Work Permit processing fee and Open Work Permit Holder fee
the applicant has provided evidence (e.g., nomination certificate) that their provincial nomination is unrestricted (if applicable)
To be eligible for the Bridging Open Work Permit as foreign national under the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) you must provide copy of the nomination letter by the province or territory it was issued from along with your application. Also, there should be no employment restrictions as conditions of the nomination. If there are restrictions then the applicant is not eligible to apply for the Work Permit under the Bridging Open Work Permit.
Bridging Open Work Permit and Express Entry
The big difference between Express Entry and Pre Express Entry is that with Pre Express Entry you would receive an Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR) email from SIO Sydney once you had submitted your permanent residence application. Depending under which class you had applied under you would receive an email that had your UCI number, file number, indication that your application is in processing, fees have been received etc. That email you were than able to use with your Bridging Open Work Permit application. Now you do not get an email confirmation which causes major confusion for applicants. The big confusion is that once you submit your Electronic Permanent Residence Application or E-APR you receive a PDF from CIC account which can be mistaken as an Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR) email. So the PDF you receive after you submit your E-APR is not an AOR email for Bridging Open Work Permit application. So what you should be looking for is the AOR letter or the R10 completeness check letter which is sent weeks or months later. Sometimes Citizenship and Immigration Canada does not even send the R10 letter and automatically ask for passport requests to have their PR application finalized through the Express Entry. This can be very frustrating for applicants that need a Bridging Open Work Permit. So until you do not receive AOR letter you cannot make a Bridging Open Work Permit application.
How does the Bridging Open Work Permit affect PNP Applicants?
Before the introduction of the Express Entry, Federal PNP applicants simply had to include their federal Acknowledgement of Receipt (AOR) with their Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) application. In 2020, for certain employer-driven streams the Provincial Nominee Class (PNC), the nominating province or territory may impose employment restrictions on a successful nominee until the person becomes a permanent resident. If employment restrictions are put in place then Citizenship and Immigration Canada cannot issue an Open Work Permit to the foreign applicant under Bridging Open Work Permit LMIA exemption. If there is no employment restriction then CIC can issue an Open Work Permit to the foreign applicant under Bridging Open Work Permit.
Who does not qualify for Bridging Open Work Permit?
Foreign nationals that do not qualify for Bridging Open Work Permit include:
applicants that are exempt from the work permit, these are foreign nationals that fall under section 186 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulation (IRPR)
applicants that have no status in Canada (can apply for restoration to restore their temporary resident status)
applicants whose work permit are valid for longer than four months or applicants who have a new LMIA that can be used for the new work permit
applicants that are applying for Bridging Open Work Permit at the port of entry or visa office
spouses and dependants of principal permanent resident applicants
applicants that have inadmissibility issues to Canada
Is there Restriction on Employment location when applying for Bridging Open Work Permit?
If you are issued a Bridging Open Work Permit for permanent residence under the Provincial Nominee Class, the employment location on the Work Permit is restricted to the nominating province. So when you complete your application the province destination value must be selected, followed by the city of destination value to show the province or territory NES (not elsewhere stated). For example:
- Province of Destination: AB
- City of Destination: Alberta NES
If Bridging Open Work Permit got issued through one of the FSWC, FSTC, CEC or caregiver classes then the applicant is not restricted to one employment location. So when completing the application the province of destination value must be set to “UNK” first and then the city of destination value set to “Unknown”. For example:
- Province of destination: UNK
- City of destination: Unknown
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Spouse open work permit. Документы, сроки, советы.
mraskc » 26 апр 2020, 19:16
На днях получил паспорт с долгожданным Study permit (Весь процесс начал в феврале 2020 о чем уже готовлю подробный рассказ с деталями об отказах и прочих трудностях с которыми я столкнулся на протяжении всех 4-ех подач).
Сейчас есть недопонимание с OWP для жены — не могу найти ликбез как, через сколько времени, какие документы нужны для того что бы забрать жену. Есть ли тут кто, за плечами которого этот процесс успешно закончен?
Ссылку сюда ( http://www.cic.gc.ca/english/study/work-spouse.asp ) не давайте.
Еще раз. Интересует :
1. Список документов.
2. Через сколько после пересечения мною канадской границы мы можем аплаеться.
3. Возможные подводные камни.
BOWP Bridging Open Work Permit Канада
The bridging open work permit (BOWP) allows a worker in Canada to continue working while waiting for the processing of his of permanent residence application.
To apply for a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP), the applicant must be in Canada with a valid work permit with expiration set within 4 months and received a positive eligibility decision on his federal permanent residence application.
The applicant who applied to immigrate to Canada under either the Federal Skilled Worker (FSW) Class, the Federal Skilled Trades (FST) Class, the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or one of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNPs) will be considered for a bridging open work permit if the required eligibility criterias are fulfilled. A foreign worker with a Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) can then keep on working instead of leaving Canada temporarily who has applied for the permanent residence under one of the above immigration programs until a decision had been made on his or her application.
Live and Work in Canada
Jobs in Canada for Foreigners
Did you know that there are plenty of jobs in Canada for foreigners and you can apply to live and work in Canada? There is a shortage of labour in Canada, particularly in certain skilled fields. Consequently Canada is actively seeking foreign workers and professionals to help grow its domestic workforce.
On this page we discuss:
- Jobs that require work permit
- Jobs that do not require work permit
- Open work permit
- Working while studying
- Where to apply for work permit
- Steps by steps for applying for work permit
Every year, the Canadian government issues 100,000 work permits to Temporary Foreign Workers to help business meet their skilled labour demands. These are foreigners with jobs in Canada with work permit.
In addition to these workers, there are other foreigners who are allowed to work without a work permit. Depending on the type and scope of work, duration of work, country of citizenship and other factors of the foreign worker, different rules and requirements apply.
It is crucial for foreign workers and their employers to go through the proper channels before any employment in Canada commences. This article provides foreigners with overview of how to get job offer in Canada from outside.
Most job positions and foreigners require Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) and a Work Permit, others only require a work permit, and some do not require a work permit at all.
Search for jobs suitable for foreigners here: Canada Foreigners Job Search Tool and be sure to review career tips for newcomers here Immigrant Career Tips & Videos.
Jobs that require LMIA and Work Permit
In most cases, a Canadian employer wishing to hire a foreign worker must first receive government approval via the LMIA before the hiring can take place. This is to ensure that no qualified Canadians were passed up in favour of the foreign worker. It is also to ensure that the foreign worker will be given a salary and benefits that meet federal and provincial standards. As part of the LMIA in general all Canadian employers must provide evidence that they have attempted to find qualified Canadian citizens or permanent residents to fill job positions before turning to foreign workers.
LMIA Exempt Jobs
In certain circumstances individuals are allowed to work in Canada without first obtaining a LMIA. Note: Being exempt from obtaining a LMIA does not mean the individual is exempt from obtaining a work permit. All streams on the LMIA exemption list still require the individual to obtain a work permit to work in Canada legally.
The most common LMIA-exempt streams are jobs involving:
- International Agreements (NAFTA, GATS, Canada-Columbia FTA, Canada-Peru FTA)
- Entrepreneurs/Self-Employed Cand >Work without a Permit
A foreigner is allowed to work in Canada without a work permit in the following occupations:
- Athletes and team members
- Aviation accident or incident inspector
- Business visitor
- Civil aviation inspector
- Convention organizers
- Emergency service providers
- Examiners and evaluators
- Expert witnesses or investigators
- Foreign government officers
- Foreign representatives and Family members of foreign representatives
- Health care students
- Implied status
- Judges, referees and similar officials
- Military personnel
- News reporters, media crews
- On-campus employment and some Off-campus work
- Performing artists
- Public speakers
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Open Work Permit (OWP)
An Open Work Permit allows a foreign national to work in any job, without restriction. An LMIA or confirmed offer of employment is not needed to apply for an Open Work Permit.
The following are eligible for OWP:
- Foreign spouses/common-law partners of temporary foreign workers
- See Canada Extends Spousal Open Work Permit Pilot to July 31 2020
- Foreign students and Spouses/common-law partners being sponsored through the Inland Spousal/Common-law Sponsorship category
- See Canadian Family >Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP)
The bridging open work permit (BOWP) is a way to keep a worker in Canada working while his or her application for permanent residence is being processed.
Individuals within Canada who have made an application to immigrate to Canada under either the Federal Skilled Worker Class (FSWC), the Federal Skilled Trades Class (FSTC), the Canadian Experience Class (CEC) or one of the Provincial Nominee Programs (PNP) may be considered for a bridging open work permit if their current work permit is due to expire (within four months).
A foreign worker legally working in Canada who has made, or will soon make, an application for permanent residence under one of these immigration programs may then continue to work until a decision is made on his or her application for permanent residence.
International Experience Class (IEC)
The IEC is a program designed to bring younger adults and youth to Canada on a temporary basis to work for temporary periods. Citizens of countries with a bilateral youth mobility arrangement with Canada who are between 18 and 35 years old may be eligible for IEC work permits. The IEC program is composed of three categories:
- Working Holiday
- Young Professionals
- International Co-op
Working while Studying
Full-time students who are enrolled at an institution may work at that institutions campus in any job without a work permit. See Working as a Student.
Students may work at more than one campus of an institution, provided that they are in the same municipality. Students may be enrolled in any course to be eligible.
The approved institutions are:
- Community Colleges
- Publicly Funded trade/technical schools
- Private Institutions authorized by provincial statue to confer degrees
Students working as graduate , research or teaching assistants may work off campus a locations related to their research grants. These locations must have a formal association or affiliation with he learning institution. This may include hospitals, clinics and research institutes.
Where to Apply for a Canadian Temporary Work Permit
There are three locations at which a foreign national can apply for a work permit:
- A visa office outside of Canada
- A Canadian port of entry
- A visa office within Canada CEGEPs
The requirements for the various application locations are summarized below.
Applying at a visa office outside of Canada
All persons may apply for a work permit from a visa office outside of Canada. However, the following individuals must apply for a work permit from a visa office outside of Canada:
- Individuals who require a temporary resident visa (TRV) in order to enter Canada. Usually, anyone traveling to Canada as a temporary resident or worker must have a TRV. This rule, however, does not apply to:
- Citizens of certain countries.
- Travellers who hold certain travel documents.
- Foreign nationals coming to Canada for certain legally specified purposes.
- Persons who are subject to the TRV exceptions listed above may apply for a work permit at a Canadian port of entry or from within Canada depending on whether or not they require a medical examination. For a full list of countries of citizenship, travel documents and travel purposes that allow for an exemption from the TRV requirement, Click here.
- Individuals who require a medical exam in order to enter Canada. This applies to applicants who need a TRV to enter Canadaandapplicants who do not need a TRV. If an applicant has already undergone a successful medical examination and is in possession of the results, he/she may apply for a work permit at a Canadian port of entry. For more information on medical exams, click here. (Medical Exams for Temporary Foreign Worker Applicants)
- International youth exchange program participants. This requirement does not apply to citizens or permanent residents of the USA. Also, some foreign nationals not from the USA will sometimes be approved in advance by the responsible visa office and thus, not be required to apply from outside of Canada.
- Seasonal agricultural workers.
- Live-in caregivers.
Applying at a Canadian port of entry
Most foreign workers must apply for a work permit from outside of Canada (see above). Some applicants, however, can apply for a work permit upon arrival at a Canadian port of entry. An applicant can apply at a Canadian port of entry if they meet all of the following requirements:
- They will not be working as live-in caregivers or seasonal agricultural workers.
- They do not need a TRV to enter Canada.
- They have passed the medical examination, if required. (Medical Exams for Temporary Foreign Worker Applicants)
- Their employer has submitted a copy of a valid LMIA, if required.
- Their employer has paid the compliance fee and submitted an offer of employment letter to CIC.
Applying from within Canada
The following individuals may apply for a temporary work permit from within Canada.
Indiv >How to Apply for a Canadian Work Permit
A step-by-step description of how to apply for a temporary work permit in Canada.
Step 1: Determine if you require a work permit to work in your desired job in Canada
Foreign nationals can work in certain jobs in Canada without a work permit. See earlier on this page for a comprehensive list of Canadian jobs that do not require a work permite. Note: Even if you do not need a work permit to work in Canada, you will still need to obtain legal entry to Canada. For example, you can enter Canada under a temporary resident visa.
If your desired job requires a work permit, proceed to Step 2.
Step 2: Determine if you are eligible to apply for a Canadian work permit
Your eligibility to apply for a Canadian temporary work permit depends on various factors, including the location in which you apply for a work permit. ALL work permit applicants, however, must:
- Prove that they will leave Canada when their work permit expires
- Show that they have enough money to take care of themselves and their family members during their stay in Canada
- Show that they have enough money for themselves and their family members to return home
- Have no criminal record
- Not be a danger to Canada
- Be in good health and pass a medical exam, if required
- Not plan to work for an employer on the list of ineligible employers.
- Not plan to work for an employer who offers striptease, erotic dance, escort or erotic massage services
- Not have worked in Canada for one or more periods that total four years within the past four years
- Not be otherwise inadmissible to Canada.)
There are also other requirements that depend on the location in which you apply for a work permit. For more information on these requirements, click here.
Step 3: Determine if you will apply online or on paper for Canadian temporary work permit
If you apply online, you must have access to a scanner or digital camera. This will allow you to upload all required documents for Canadian temporary work permit online to be included in your application. If you choose to apply on paper, you can obtain all necessary forms from CIC.
Note: If you are applying under the International Experience Class Program, you must submit your application online.
Step 4: Obtain a positive Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) from your potential employer, if required
In most cases, an employer must obtain a positive LMIA from Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC) before hiring a foreign worker. Once the employer obtains a positive LMIA, it must be sent to the foreign worker applicant for inclusion in the work permit application.
However, not all jobs require a positive LMIA. For more information on LMIAs see earlier on this page.
Step 5: Obtain a temporary job offer from your potential employer
All foreign nationals applying for a temporary work permit must have a temporary job offer from their potential employer. The employer must send a detailed job offer letter to the work permit applicant. The applicant must then attach the job offer letter to his/her work permit application. The job offer letter must prove:
- That the job offer is genuine
- That the wages and working conditions are high enough to attract a Canadian worker
- That the employment is full time
- That the employment is not seasonal
The job offer letter must also include:
- The job title for the job being offered
- A description of the job’s duties and responsibilities
- Requirements for the job concerning: education, professional credentials, work experience, skills and licenses
- Details about the start date and end date of the job
- Details on salary and the way in which salary will be paid
- The name and address of the employer
- The address of the worker’s future workplace
- Contact information for a person at the company who is familiar with the job offer
If the employment is to take place in Quebec, the job offer must be approved by the Quebec government.
Note: The job offer letter must be submitted to the government by the employer AND a copy of the letter must be submitted by the applicant along with the work permit application. The applicant should also make sure that the employer has paid the employer compliance fee.
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Open Work Permit
Information about the Canada Open Work Permit
To be able to work in Canada, all foreign citizens must have a work permit. Work permits are a combination of a visa and a permit, which are issued at the same time. There are many types of work permits, but a commonly requested one is an Open Work Permit.
This article will go through what the Open Work Permit is and its details.
What is an Open Work Permit Canada?
An Open Work Permit otherwise known as an International Mobility Program for Canada is a type of work permit that is not specific to a certain job. All other work permits are issued for the holder to work for one employer, but the Open Work Permit allows you to change employers as long as the permit is valid.
If you are applying as a Temporary Foreign Worker, then this permit will allow you to work in Canada for 6 months or less. During this time, you can change employers as long as they are accepted by the Canadian Government and are not involved with activities not accepted by the Government.
Different from other types of work permits, the Open Work Permit does not require you to submit the following information:
- A Labor Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) document that your employer would need to have;
- Any proof that your employer has extended an offer to you through the Employer Portal or paid the employer compliance fee;
What are the types of Open Work Permits?
There are different conditions under which you can get an Open Work Permit. It may be completely unrestricted or have some restrictions as the Canadian Consulate sees fit. In general, there are 3 types of Open Work Permits:
- Unrestricted work permits which allow you to change employers, occupation, and the location of work;
- Restricted work permits which allow you to change employer but do not allow you to change your occupation;
- Restricted work permits which allow you to change employer but do not allow you to change the location of work;
The decision on what type of open work permit to issue you is up to the officer at the Canadian Consulate based on the documents that you submit when you apply.
What are the requirements for the Canada Open Work Permit?
To be eligible for an open work permit, you must fulfill several sets of criteria. One of the sets of requirements is on your situation as to whether you can apply for the permit or not. You can only apply for an Open Work Permit if you are in one of the following groups:
- A temporary resident permit holder.
- An international student who has graduated from a Canadian education institution and is eligible for a Post-Graduation Work Permit.
- A student who cannot afford the cost of their studies.
- A person who has applied for permanent residence in Canada.
- A family member of a person who has applied for permanent residence in Canada.
- A spouse or common-law partner of an international student or skilled worker.
- A refugee, protected person, refugee claimant, or a family member.
- A young worker in special programs.
As a temporary worker, you must meet the eligibility criteria of the Temporary Visa in order to qualify for the Open Work Permit. In addition, you must also fulfill the following requirements:
- You must prove that you will leave Canada after your work permit expires;
- You must prove that you can finance your stay and your family’s stay in Canada and that you have enough funds to go back to your home country;
- You must prove that you have a clean criminal record;
- You must prove that you are not a threat to the national security of Canada;
- You must be in good health;
- You must be willing to respect the conditions of your open work permit even if the officer issues a restricted one;
- You must prove that you will not work for an employer that offers striptease, erotic dance, erotic massage, or escort services;
You can also apply for an extension of the Open Work Permit or for your first Open Work Permit from inside Canada if you meet these requirements:
- You have a Canadian study permit or an open work permit that will expire soon;
- You have a degree from a Canadian education institution;
- You are a temporary resident of Canada;
- You are awaiting the decision on your application for refugee status;
- You already have refugee or protected person status;
- Your application to get refugee status was denied but you cannot leave Canada for reasons beyond your control;
How to apply for an Open Work Permit?
The Open Work Permit application process has several steps which you must go through, as follows:
Get a job offer
You must have a job offer from a Canadian employer in order to qualify for a work permit application. Because of this, you have to start early and apply to different companies. You can apply through different online resources or sign up for any headhunting services which for a small fee will find you a job.
Once you have the job and get the open work permit, you will have the chance to switch employers, but in order to be able to send an Open Work Permit application, you will need the job.
Apply for the visa and work permit
If you meet all the requirements and have a job offer from a Canadian employer, then you can apply for the visa and the work permit. The application must be done through the Canadian Consulate in your home country. You must go through the following steps:
- Create an account or submit a paper application – you have the option of applying online through the Government of Canada website using your credentials or your bank account information. Otherwise, you can apply by sending in your documents as hard copies.
Submit the application forms which include:
- IMM 1295 – Application for Work Permit Made Outside of Canada;
- Schedule 1 – Application for Temporary Resident Visa;
- IMM 5645 – Family Information Form;
- IMM 5409 – Statutory Declaration of Common-Law Union (if applicable);
- IMM 5476 – Use of Representative Form (if applicable);
- IMM 5475 – Authority to Release Personal Information to a Designated Individual (if applicable);
Submit supporting documents which include:
- Your passport which must be valid for more than 6 months after your planned date of entry into Canada;
- A photocopy of your passport and all its pages;
- Two photos as per the Photo Requirements;
- Valid job offer from your employer;
- Proof of current immigration status (if your country of residence is different from your country of citizenship);
- Police record certificates;
- Your resume or CV;
- Your education diplomas and certificates;
- Copy of your marriage certificate (if applicable);
- Copy of children’s birth certificates (if applicable);
- If you will be working in Quebec, you need a Certificate d’acceptation du Quebec (CAQ);
- Any other documents that the Consulate of Canada requires;
- Complete the medical examination – It is best if you go through the medical exam to prove that you are in good health. You can do so at any licensed doctor which can sign the documents for you after you go through the necessary tests. If you do not have a medical exam, you will not be allowed to work in child care, primary or secondary school teaching, health service occupations, or agricultural occupations. In order not to limit your choices of jobs, it is recommended to complete the medical exams.
- Attend the visa interview – The officials of the Canadian Consulate might want to interview you to determine that you will return to your home country once your open work permit expires and that you have been truthful in your application. You must attend the interview at the appointed time and answer any questions that they ask you. They might also ask for you to give your biometric information after the interview, which you must do.
Wait for processing
When you submit the application, documents, medical examination records, and complete the interview, you will then wait for processing. The Open Work Permit Canada processing time can be from 3 to 27 weeks depending on your country of citizenship. After this time passes, you will get a decision from the Canadian Consulate.
Travel to Canada
If your Open Work Permit is approved by the Consulate, you can make travel and accommodation arrangements in Canada. When you land in Canada, the Port of Entry (PoE) officers will stop you for checking. They will check your documents and ask questions about your purpose of visit and how long you will be in Canada. Give them all your documents and answer all the questions since they have the authority to not let you into the country if they suspect you are not being truthful.
What are the Open Work Permit Fees?
The Open Work Permit is slightly more expensive than an employer specific work permit. You will have to pay an initial work permit application fee of CAD$155 and an Open Work Permit fee of CAD$100. In total this type of work permit will cost CAD$255.
Can I bring my dependents to Canada with an Open Work Permit?
You are allowed to bring your spouse or common law partner and minor children with you to Canada when you go to work there on an open permit. You must include their documents in your application so as to be evaluated as a family.
After your arrival in Canada, your spouse or common law partner can also apply as an Open Work Permit Canada spouse if they meet the eligibility criteria.
- See Canadian Family >Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP)