Currently, work permits are being processed within shorter timelines as a result of the waiving of the requirement to send an official acknowledgement of receipt letter to applicants.

Applicants may now submit their bridging open work permit (BOWP) at the same time as their application for Canadian permanent residence. Once the completeness check has been performed, the application for a BOWP will be processed. BOWP applications received before the completeness checks have been performed will be held until they are ready to be processed.

A bridging open work permit will be valid for 12 months and enables the holder to work for any employer in Canada.