IRCC Launches Hong Kong Pathway

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

Last November, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a new open work permit for Hong Kong residents.

Today on February 4, IRCC announced that the new measures, collectively called the Hong Kong Pathway, will be officially launched on February 8, 2021.

Obtaining an open work permit will allow eligible Hong Kong residents, particularly young people, to gain valuable employment experience in Canada. This new open work permit will be valid for up to 3 years.

Hong Kong residents have graduated with a Canadian post-secondary diploma or degree in the last 5 years, or hold an equivalent foreign credential. A post-secondary diploma program must be a minimum of 2 years.

Hong Kong residents currently in Canada temporarily, including visitors, students and workers, can apply online from within Canada.

Those applying from abroad and may not be able to come to Canada at this time due to travel restrictions, unless they meet either condition:

  • have a job offer
  • meet a travel exemption and comply with all public health requirements.

More details will be available on the IRCC website on the launch date February 8 and we will update everybody here.

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