Canada | Expanding Work Permit Program for Eligible Hong Kong Residents

Canada is extending the deadline to apply and expanding eligibility to Hong Kong residents who have graduated within the past ten years from a post-secondary learning institution in Canada or abroad. This means more Hong Kongers can pursue their career goals in Canada for up to three years. Previously, applicants had to have graduated within the past five years.

In addition, the Government of Canada has established two pathways to permanent residence for eligible Hong Kong applicants and their families:

  • Stream A: In-Canada graduates
  • Stream B: Canadian work experience

This public policy will be effective from June 1, 2021, to August 31, 2026.

Under the Hong Kong open work permit public policy, spouses or common-law partners and dependent children are also eligible to apply for a study or work permit.

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