New immigration pathways and initiatives for Hong Kong residents

Vastavam web: Canada recently announced immigration measures to assist Hong Kong residents and Canadians in Hong Kong. The new immigration initiatives have been launched to attract Hong Kong students and youth to Canada, offering them the opportunity to obtain a new work permit that opens the door to permanent residence. In addition, improvements have been made to existing immigration programs that will help Hong Kong nationals stay in Canada, as well as those who want to start planning for their arrival in Canada when the COVID-19 travel restrictions are finally lifted.

Two new pathways will be launched in 2021, and they will lead to permanent resident status for Hong Kong residents in Canada. The first pathway will target Hong Kong residents who meet minimum language and education level eligibility criteria and have gained Canadian work experience. The government will also expedite study permit applications for eligible Hong Kong youth who wish to study in Canada. Once they complete their studies, these students will be able to apply directly for permanent residence through the second pathway. Under these new programs, applicants will be able to include spouses, partners and dependent children residing in the country as part of their application.