If you send the OWP application along with the sponsorship package, it's all tied together and it can save you time in getting the OWP rather than waiting for first stage approval and then applying.
the reason I'm asking about sending the OWP along with the sponsoship/PR application is because I didn't know I have to send everything together.
We send the sponsorship/PR application on Jan 5 2010, was received in Vegreville on Jan 8, they started processing it on March 13 (STILL IN PROCESS!!, as it shows in E-CAS), my previous OWP expired July 14, so I send a new application on June 18, requesting an OWP.
In the envelope I sent for OWP I wrote a note asking to link together with my current paperwork (I have a client ID), someone at Vegreville received it but so far everytime I call CIC they are very reluctant to tell me if they got the application and what's the status, always the agents mention to me:
did you send your OWP application with everything at once? and when I said: No, I did not send it in the 1st envelope; they don't clarify if everything should be OK, they just say: You have implied status if you send your application for Work Permit before the previous one expired.
I'm so confuse and I don't know if is worth to call CIC now and then to check if everything is OK, I just don't want to find out CIC lost my application for OWP since I've been working with an expired one (I just got re-hired by my previous Employer after I show all the letters, emails, receipts and everything I got from the local CIC stating I have applied for a new work permit, and I really don't wanna lose my job because of the delay in obtaining a new permit).
So far 7 months have passed by since our application was received and we haven't receive any notification if our application has reached the 1st stage of approval or has been denied. It is so frustrated...next time I rather arrive by boat and claim assylum as refugee, hahahaha, just kidding (bad joke BTW