Ottawa announced the new Hong Kong Pathway for Permanent Residency


On February 4, 2021, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the start of the new Immigration pathway for residents of Hong Kong. Beginning on February 8, 2021, Hong Kongers may apply for open work permits for up to 3 years if they graduated with a Canadian post-secondary diploma or degree in the last 5 years. Those who are in Canada are allowed to apply from within Canada. In the coming months, IRCC will also introduce two other pathways to permanent residence for young Hong Kong residents. The first will target Hong Kong residents with one year of Canadian work experience and the second will be intended for those who graduated from a post-secondary institution in Canada.