Canada extends and expands the open work permit program for residents of Hong Kong

Nicole H. Citizenship & Immigration, Newcomer Information, Settlement & Community News, Settlement News

On February 6, 2023, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced that Canada is extending and expanding the open work permit program for eligible Hong Kong residents.

Canada is extending the deadline to apply to February 7, 2025. It is also expanding eligibility to Hong Kong residents who have graduated within the past 10 years from a post-secondary learning institution. This means that more Hong Kongers can gain valuable work experience in Canada for up to 3 years. Before the change, applicants had to have graduated within the past 5 years.

Additionally, the Government of Canada has established 2 pathways to permanent residence for eligible Hong Kong applicants and their families.