Two new pathways to permanent residency for Hong Kong immigrants
Canada is giving two new pathways to permanent residency for Hong Kong residents, according to Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino. Hong Kong residents who work and/or are recent graduates who have already settled themselves in the city are the target. Above all, the federal government says it is “deeply concerned” about the deterioration of human rights in Hong Kong. But China’s imposition of the security law to dismantle Hong Kong’s system is especially frightening to Canadians. Nevertheless, the federal government also added that it stands “shoulder to shoulder” with the people of Hong Kong.
Applicants must have valid temporary resident status in order to apply for the new permanent residency pathways. They must also fulfill the language, education, and work requirements and be present in Canada at the time of application. Additionally, they must also be in the country once authorities approve their permanent residency. According to the release, the candidates are still subject to Canada’s usual immigration application, screening, and admission criteria.
The federal government’s empathic position on the Hong Kong issue isn’t new. Therefore, Canada has recently shifted its immigration policy to support and accommodate even more Hongkongers in the coming years. In particular, Canada’s immigration policy to Hongkongers focuses heavily on new work permits and permanent residency pathways. These new opportunities are especially geared towards Hongkongers having a Canadian diploma or degree.
Mendicino had first announced plans to assist Hong Kongers in immigrating to Canada in November. Subsequently, the first stream started accepting applications in February 2021. The road to full integration of Hongkongers is still long. Meanwhile, it remains unclear whether China will take an even stronger stance towards Canada following the recent international turbulence. The road appears marked out for everyone to see, with Canada taking Hong Kong’s side.