Permanent residence pathways for Hong Kong residents: About the public policy

Open work permit for Hong Kong permanent residence applicants

Starting May 27, 2024, you’ll be able to apply for an open work permit, while you wait for your permanent residence application to be processed, if you meet both of the following requirements:

  • You applied for permanent residence under 1 of the 2 permanent residence pathways for Hong Kong residents
  • You held a work or study permit within 3 years of us receiving your permanent residence application.

Find out more about the open work permit.


From: $1,210

This temporary public policy for Hong Kong residents who are currently in Canada provides a pathway to permanent residence for eligible applicants and their families.

There are 2 streams for which you may be eligible. You can apply for permanent residence under one of the following:

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

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

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