To stay in Canada after the end of the Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP), there are no extensions but there are immigration options. A Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP) can be obtained when applying to specific immigration programs. By BOWP, an individual can work in Canada even after the expiry of PGWP, until the decision on the permanent residency is rendered.
The immigration options include:
· Express Entry
· Provincial Nominee Program
· Atlantic Immigration Pilot
· Family sponsorship
If a person cannot apply to any of the above options, they still can extend their presence in Canada by obtaining a work permit through LMIAs and trade agreements.
There are also other work permits a person can get. Some examples include film and TV workers, entrepreneurs and self-employed workers. Moreover, Citizens of the U.S. and Mexico may be able to apply for CUSMA Professionals work permit. Trade agreements under CETA for citizens of the European Union, as well as CUKTCA for U.K. citizens also exist.
What Is Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP)?
A bridging open work permit (BOWP) lets you keep working while you wait for the results of your permanent residence application. You may be eligible if you applied to one of the permanent residence programs below:
Permanent residence using Express Entry
Provincial Nominee Program (PNP)
Quebec skilled workers
Home Child-Care Provider Pilot or Home Support Worker Pilot
Caring for children class or caring for people with high medical needs class
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