The Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) allows international workers to work in Canada while waiting for their permanent residence application to be approved. You can only apply for this type of work permit after you have applied for one of the eligible permanent residence programs and received the acknowledgement letter from the government.
Note that not all permanent residence programs are eligible to apply for a BOWP. You can only apply for a BOWP if you have applied for one of the following programs:
Federal Skilled Worker Program (FSW)
Canadian Experience Class (CEC)
Federal Skilled Trades Program (FST)
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Home Childcare Provider Pilot and Home Support Worker Pilot
Caring for children class or caring for people with high medical needs class (if you applied before 18 June 2019)
There are different requirements based on what type of permanent residence you have applied for. However, the most important requirement that all applicants must meet is that you must have a valid work permit at the time of application. In case your current work permit expires before the BOWP is granted, you can still keep working under implied status until your BOWP is finalised. If it is denied, you must cease work immediately to avoid legal consequences and impacts on your future applications.