Mohanad Moetaz - 13 November, 2020
Following the announcement of Canada’s 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan, Canada announced new immigration measures supporting both Hong Kong residents and Canadians in Hong Kong.
The new measures include offering a new open work permit to Hong Kong graduates and youth. Pathways to permanent residency will also be available to them.
Canada aims to target Hong Kong graduates as well as those with essential work experience.
Canada continues to depend on immigration for economic growth by attracting and retaining the brightest candidates from around the world. This, in turn, would help create jobs for Canadians.
More importantly, this measure is consistent with Canada’s commitment to support Hong Kong residents after China implemented the national security law in Hong Kong on June 30, 2020.
China’s national security law makes it easier to punish protestors who call for Hong Kong’s secession from China.
Canada is also looking to support Hong Kong nationals who are already in Canada and wish to stay by enhancing existing immigration programs.
Canadians and permanent residents living in Hong Kong are able to come to Canada at any time. Should they require any documents to do so, they will be expedited.
In addition, family members of Canadians and permanent residents who are in Hong Kong may also travel to Canada, as per the current exemptions to travel restrictions.
However, anyone who travels to Canada is required to quarantine for 14 days.
Open work permit for Hong Kong youth
Hong Kong residents in Canada or abroad who have recently completed a post-secondary education may be eligible to apply for an open work permit.
The open work permit allows holders to travel to Canada and work for any employer, and gain valuable work experience. The permit will be valid for up to 3 years.
In addition, Canada is implementing a new pathway to permanent residence that is specific to Hong Kong residents in Canada.
Eligibility will depend on education level, language proficiency as well as having one year of work experience in Canada.
Hong Kong residents who wish to study in Canada may be eligible for an expedited study permit application.