IRCC introduces an open work permit option for Hong Kong residents
Who does qualify for the Hong Kong resident open work permit?
An open work permit allows you to work for any employer in Canada. Of course, this opportunity could enable you to immigrate to Canada under CEC or PNP options eventually. Regardless, you must show that you are a Hong Kong resident and recently graduated from a post-secondary program either inside or outside Canada. Consequently, they may issue an open work permit that is valid for up to three years.
Are there any other opportunities for Hong Kong residents?
Other than an open work permit for certain Hong Kong residents, IRCC has promised to take the following steps:
- Expedite processing of study permit applications for this group
- Faster processing of the spousal sponsorship applications
- Enhancing the processing time for other permanent resident applications
- Waiving the application fees for renewal or extension of your stay in Canada
- Removing the 12-month ban for Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA)
- Creating two new pathway for immigration to Canada for Hong Kong residents in 2021
Of course, the goal is to assist Hong Kong residents in the wake of China’s government’s current issues.
If you are a Hong Kong resident other than an open work permit, you may have access to one of the following new immigration pathways:
- You could immigrate to Canada directly if you have at least one year of eligible work experience in Canada and meet the language requirements.
- If you graduate from a Canadian post-secondary program, you could directly apply for immigration.
IRCC will roll out these pathways in 2021. Sign up for our newsletter, and we will keep you posted.
Will these changes affect other nationalities?
IRCC promised to increase the number of applicants they accept in 2021. Therefore, it is fair to say, offering open work permits to Hong Kong residents won’t affect applicants from other nationalities. However, these special measures will cover Hong Kong residents only. The government of Canada comes up with special measures for certain nationalities from time to time. Of course, the measures are because of geopolitical circumstances. Consequently, you need to keep your eyes open and follow websites such as ours for you for potential future opportunities.
For how long these changes will remain in effect?
The government of Canada has not announced an expiry date for these measures. However, it is fair to assume; these changes won’t last forever. Therefore, if you are a Hong Kong resident and qualify, apply for your open work permit or other options today.
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