The Quebec government recently announced a way for temporary foreign workers to maintain their status by applying for the Bridging Open Work Permit (BOWP). The BOWP for spouses and common-law partners under the Spousal Sponsorship program will now be available to temporary workers in Quebec if they meet the set requirements.
Initially announced in May, and after months of discussion between the Quebec and federal government, it was finally open for applications on September 1, 2021. For more details on immigration programs, see Quebec Immigration.
What Are the Eligibility Requirements for the BOWP in Quebec?
Temporary workers in Quebec must meet the following requirements to be eligible for a BOWP:
- Have a valid Quebec Certificate of Selection (CSQ)
- Be the principal applicant in your application for permanent residence
- Pass the completeness check for permanent residence
- Either has a valid work permit or an expired work permit with maintained status or be eligible to restore status as a worker
- Intend to live in Quebec