Hong Kong residents can apply for Canadian Open Work Permit and Permanent Residence in Canada starting February 8, 2021.
The work permit will be valid for 3 Years.
To be eligible to apply through this new pathway a candidate must have:
- A Canadian post-secondary diploma or degree in the last 5 years, OR
- Hold an equivalent foreign credential
- A post-secondary diploma program must be a minimum of 2 years.
- Must hold either a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or British National Overseas (BNO) passport.
Hong Kong residents currently in Canada temporarily, including visitors, students, and workers, can apply online from within Canada.
Hong Kong residents who are applying from abroad remain subject to current travel restrictions and may not be able to come to Canada at this time unless they have a job offer or meet a travel exemption and comply with all public health requirements.
According to the IRCC, Hong Kong Residents with at least 1 year of work experience in Canada and who meet the language and education criteria OR who have graduated from a post-secondary institution in Canada can apply for Permanent Residence directly.
TORONTO — Amid concerns that China may be forcing some dual citizens in Hong Kong to renounce their Canadian passports, Canada is creating a new path to permanent residence here for Hong Kong residents.
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced Thursday that applications will open next week for new work permits that will enable some Hong Kong residents to find employment in Canada.
To be eligible for the permits, applicants must have obtained a Canadian post-secondary diploma or degree in the past five years, or have an equivalent foreign credential, and must hold either a Hong Kong Special Administrative Region or British National Overseas (BNO) passport.
The permits will be valid for up to three years.
Canada is also working toward creating a new program for Hong Kong residents who have at least one year of work experience in Canada to acquire permanent residence, as well as a pathway for Hong Kong residents who have completed post-secondary studies in Canada to directly apply for permanent residence.