Canada Launches Hong Kong Pathway

Canada has launched a unique Hong Kong pathway to attract recent graduates and skilled workers from Hong Kong.

Starting February 8, 2021, Hong Kong residents with a Hong Kong special administrative region (SAR) or British National (Overseas) (BN(O)) passport will be able to apply for a new open work permit.

This work permit has a validity of three years.

“The launch of the Hong Kong immigration pathway is a historic initiative that will attract young, talented and experienced graduates who will help to drive Canada’s economy forward. With flexible open work permits and a fast-track to permanent residency, skilled Hong Kong residents will have a unique opportunity to develop their careers and help accelerate Canada’s economic recovery. This is a landmark immigration initiative that will strengthen our economy and will deepen the ties between Canada and the people of Hong Kong.”

– The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Hong Kong Pathway Eligibility criteria:

Candidates who wish to apply through this pathway must have a Canadian post-secondary diploma or degree in the last five years or an equivalent foreign credential.

Hong Kong citizens currently in Canada on a temporary visa such as visitor, study or work permit can apply within Canada online.

Candidates applying from abroad will not be able to travel due to current travel restrictions.

Hence, they will require a valid job offer.

Additional pathways

Later this year, the Government of Canada will implement two additional pathways to permanent residence for Hong Kong residents.

Pathway 1: Hong Kong residents with at least one year of work experience in Canada and who meet the language and education criteria

Pathway 2: The second pathway will be for those residents who have graduated from a post-secondary institution in Canada. These candidates can apply directly for Canada permanent residence.

Details of this program will be available later.