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    Hong Kong Residents get more pathways to immigrate to Canada

    Hong Kong Residents get more pathways to immigrate to Canada

    Canada is keen to help the Hongkongers immigrate to the country with ease; thus, it has introduced specifically designed immigration pathways to help meet the serious immigration shortfall that COVID-19 caused in 2020


    Hong Kong residents are fluent in English, and they are also highly-educated. There they make up for a competent workforce, and this attribute is enough to make them well-suited to qualify for immigration to Canada.


    On February 8, 2021, Canada launched an open work permit that helps the youth work for an employer in Canada. The Hongkonkers can stay in Canada for a considerable long period of time with the help of the work permit and gain Canadian work experience, which will act as a gateway for immigration with permanent residency in the future.


    For ease of understanding, there are the two main eligibility norms for the work permit:

    • The applicant requires a valid passport issued by the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR) or by the United Kingdom to a British National Overseas (BNO); and
    • The applicant should have graduated within the last five years with a university degree, or they should be diploma holders of a two-year program.


    Hong Kongers who are already living in Canada can also apply online for an open work permit. They do not have to leave Canada to apply.  Those who are interested and they are outside Canada they can also apply for the open work permit, but their arrival will be as per the COVID 19 scenario and how the travel restrictions will impact their immigration in the future.


    Canada has also announced a program with which Hong Kongers will be able to get permanent residency. In the coming few months, it is expected that the Canadian government will announce the detailed requirements of age, education, language, and work experience. There are also immigration pathways already created for people who wish to relocate to Canada as International students. The federal government has an intention of establishing a special immigration pathway for Hong Kongers who have graduated from a post-secondary institution in Canada.

    In addition to these exciting new programs, Canada is planning to locate resources to speed up the processing of applications for Hong Kongers. Also, there is temporarily waiving processing fees for Hong Kongers for those who wish to extend their stay in the country. It seems that Canada is committed to taking measures to retain and attracting post-secondary students from Hong Kong.


    There are deep-rooted historical ties between Canada and Hong Kong, and a lot of Canadians were born in Hong Kong. There is a strong communal base in Greater Vancouver and Toronto Metropolitan areas. Adrienne Clarkson, a famous Hong Kong-Canadian, came to Canada as a child refugee during World War II and has been a prominent Journalist in the country who later got to step in as Canada's 26th Governor-General, a representative of the Queen in Canada.


    Canada's government is showing the world how to effectively it is adapting to the immigration policies to help people immigrate in rapidly changing situations. The move of the Canadian government to attract and retain Hong Kong talent is both compassionate and smart.

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