Canada eased permanent residency requirements for Hong Kong nationals
On July 11, 2023, the Government of Canada eased permanent residency requirements for Hong Kong nationals. Canada removed the education requirement for Hong Kong nationals applying for permanent residency under the Canadian work experience stream (Stream B) starting August 15, 2023.
This amendment simplifies the application process and expands eligibility for permanent residence to more Hong Kongers with Canadian work experience. Applicants will no longer need to submit proof of education.
This change complements recent measures, such as extending and expanding open work permits for Hong Kong residents to help more Hong Kongers transition from temporary to permanent residency in Canada.
The removal of the education requirements under Stream B [as of August 15] is a win-win situation since it makes it possible to support more Hong Kongers who need to come to Canada while also assisting Canadian firms in filling labor shortages with local people who already have work experience.
As the requirements for permanent residency will no longer be determined by their educational status, more Hong Kongers with Canadian work experience will be eligible. As applicants are not required to submit documents anymore, it also makes the application process easier.
The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Statement:
“Canada has made a huge step toward encouraging inclusivity and embracing the spirit of opportunity by acknowledging the remarkable abilities and potential of Hong Kong’s talented individuals. The removal of the education requirements under Stream B is a win-win situation since it allows us to welcome more Hong Kongers to Canada who requires our assistance while also assisting Canadian businesses by providing individuals with local work experience in order to address labor shortages. I welcome these changes because it shows Canada’s sustained commitment to the people of Hong Kong and opens the door for further fruitful relations between the two countries.”
Permanent residency requirements for Hong Kong nationals
The temporary public policy for Hong Kong nationals who are currently in Canada offers qualified applicants and their families a road to permanent immigration. Hong Kong residents may qualify for one of two streams. Hong Kong nationals may apply under one of the following categories for permanent residence:
- Stream A: In-Canada graduates
- Stream B: Canadian work experience
There is no longer a due date to get qualifications for the updated Stream B pathway. Instead, applicants just need to have completed at least one year of full-time employment or 1,560 hours of part-time employment in Canada during the previous three years in order to apply for permanent residency, expanding the pool of candidates.
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