Can you please provide guidance and suggestions in my scenario:
My current closed work permit expired in December 2023, i did not check the expiry date(it’s completely my fault) and was under the impression that I have validity until this March 2024. My employer’s HR also forgot to inform me before hand since everyone were in holiday mood i believe and now am being told to apply immediately for BOWP (Bridging Open Work Permit) and wait until i get the approval after which I can continue working in my current job. Until I get the approval am told that I cannot work in my current job because technically my work permit validity has expired.
I have already applied for PR under express entry CEC category.
Can anyone please guide me with the below two questions regarding BOWP (Bridging Open Work Permit) which i am planning to apply:
- I somehow feel my situation is like a blessing in disguise for me because i actually am interested in open work permit because it gives me the option to change my job to another employer, so while filling the IMM5710 application form section 3: “I am applying for one or more of the following”
should i choose both the options:
Restore my status as a worker
Apply for the work permit for the first time or with a new employer
- What would be the validity of BOWP after my application is processed.
Thanks everyone for the guidance and help.