In launching this initiative, Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has opened 2 streams for eligible Hong Kong residents to apply under.
In addition to meeting the eligibility criteria for one of the two introduced streams, applicants must also meet the following conditions:
Candidates must also meet the eligibility requirements for one of the following two streams:
For this steam, candidates must have completed one of the following qualifying Canadian education credentials in the last three years:
NOTE: The program of study can have been in any field. At least 50% of the studies must have been completed while physically present in Canada, whether completing classes online or in class.
This stream requires candidates to have completed at least one year of qualifying Canadian work experience within the past three years in addition to completing a qualifying education credential within the last five years.
Qualifying work experience for this stream include least one year of full-time or equivalent part-time work experience in Canada in the last five years.
Work experience can be in any skill type and must have been completed while on valid status in Canada.
NOTE: Periods of work during full-time studies or self-employed work experience is not considered toward one’s eligibility for this initiative
Candidates also must have completed a qualifying foreign or Canadian education credential in the last five years. Qualifying credentials include:
The government processing fee ($550 CAD) and right of permanent residence fee ($500 CAD) required for this application total to $1050 CAD. This amount must be paid by both the principal applicant and any accompanying spouse, if applicable. The fee to add a dependent child to an application is an addition $150 CAD per child.
Qualifying family members may also be included on this application for permanent residence. To be included as accompanying, dependents must meet the IRCC’s definition of “family member”, and not be inadmissible to Canada.
This public policy is set to expire on August 31, 2026 but can be revoked at any time.
There is no quota on the amount of applications IRCC will process under these 2 new streams.
Applicants are asked to submit their applications by epost Connect. If unable to submit online due to a disability or technical issue, candidates can submit on paper.
Those interested in applying must send an email to IRCC.HMHKPublicPolicy-MHPolitiquePubliqueHK.IRCC@cic.gc.ca to state their intention to apply through the Hong Kong public policy initiative.
Applicants will receive an automated response notifying them that they will be receiving an email from Canada post with next steps and can create an epost account while awaiting instructions on how to submit the application.
Applicants should be prepared to provide the following documents as part of their application:
Applicants must demonstrate an intent to reside outside the province of Quebec. Any applicant that applies from within Quebec, should submit with their application, evidence that they intent to leave Quebec. Applicants intending to reside in Quebec should review their Quebec immigration options.
Evidence of intent to reside outside of Quebec can include:
The public policy gives no indication as to how long IRCC will take to process this application however he we go back the regular processing times of other immigration programs, we can expect the process to take between 6 and 12 months.
Applicants under this stream must be in Canada at the time of applying and at the time the application has finalized. We would therefore advise against any international travel Those wishing to travel from Hong Kong to Canada must check Canada’s current travel restrictions before proceeding.
While a bridging open work permit is not available for this application type, the IRCC has issued a public policy allowing certain Hong Kong residents to apply for a three year open work permit.
If you’re interested in beginning your Canadian immigration journey in 2021, get started today by filling out our free online assessment and a member of our team will reach out to discuss the best option for you!
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