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.