IRCC Announces New Measures Supporting Hong Kong Residents and Canadians in Hong Kong

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Settlement & Community News, Updates

The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a new immigration initiative that will attract students and youth from Hong Kong to Canada:

A new open work permit (valid for up to 3 years) is being introduced to encourage recent Hong Kong graduates to choose Canada as a place to study, work, and settle.

Additional measures that are being created:

  • A new pathway to permanent resident status for in-Canada Hong Kong residents who meet specific eligibility criteria.
  • Expediting study permit applications for those who want to study in Canada
  • Expediting documents for Canadians and Canadian permanent residents in Hong Kong to speed up the processing of PR applications, including family sponsorship

These new measures are based on the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan announced on October 30, 2020.

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