Canadian Immigration Minister, Marco Mendicino launched two new immigration pathways for HongKongers in Canada on June 8. These new immigration pathways will facilitate immigration of HongKongers who are temporary workers or recent graduates in Canada. These programs are now open to applications.
Why Were These New Immigration Pathways Introduced?
These new pathways were introduced in the light of China’s imposition of the National Security Law in Hong Kong that led to a clampdown on freedom of expression.
The Canadian government has condemned the arrests of pro-democracy activities by the Chinese authorities and the deterioration of democracy in Hong Kong due to China’s activities.
Marco Medicino expressed that these new pathways will deepen the strong ties between Canadians and the people of Hong Kong. The Canadian government first introduced measures to help HongKongers in November and the first immigration pathway for HongKongers opened for applications in February, 2021.
The first immigration pathway allowed HongKong residents to apply for an open work permit that will be valid for 3 years and gain permanent residency quickly.
What Are the Eligibility Requirements for the New Immigration Pathways for HongKongers?
To qualify for the new immigration pathways, applicants must have valid temporary resident status in Canada. They must also meet certain education level, language proficiency and work experience requirements to qualify for permanent residency. They must also clear all admissibility requirements to enter Canada.