Permanent residence pathways for Hong Kong residents: Who can apply

Who can apply

There are 2 streams for which you may be eligible. You can apply for permanent residence under only 1 stream.

Stream A: In-Canada graduates

To be eligible for this stream, you must

  • hold a valid passport issued by one of the following:
    • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
    • United Kingdom to a British National (Overseas) as a person born, naturalized or registered in Hong Kong
  • be physically present in Canada when you apply and when you get permanent residence
  • have valid temporary resident status in Canada
  • intend to live in Canada, in any province or territory other than the province of Quebec
  • have a level 5 score in all 4 skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in either English or French in one of the following:
    • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)
    • Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC)
  • have graduated from a post-secondary designated learning institution in Canada
    • in the 3 years before you apply and
    • with one of the following:
    • with at least 50% of your program completed in Canada (either in person or online)

If you have a graduate or post-graduate diploma or certificate

You must also have completed a post-secondary diploma or degree as a prerequisite to this graduate or post-graduate program. You must have competed this prerequisite diploma or degree in the 5 years before you started your graduate or post-graduate program.

Stream B: Canadian work experience

To be eligible for this stream, you must

  • hold a valid passport issued by one of the following:
    • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
    • United Kingdom to a British National (Overseas) as a person born, naturalized or registered in Hong Kong
  • be physically present in Canada when you apply and when you get permanent residence
  • have valid temporary resident status in Canada
  • intend to live in Canada, in any province or territory other than the province of Quebec
  • have a level 5 score in all 4 skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) in either English or French in one of the following:
    • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)
    • Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC)
  • have graduated in the 5 years before you apply with one of the following:
  • have worked in Canada for at least 12 months full-time, or an equal amount of part-time hours in the 3 years before you apply.

If you have a graduate or post-graduate diploma or certificate

You must also have completed a post-secondary diploma or degree as a prerequisite to this graduate or post-graduate program. You must have competed this prerequisite diploma or degree in the 5 years before you started your graduate or post-graduate program.

How to meet the hours of work requirement

To be eligible for this stream, you must have worked in Canada for at least 12 months full-time, or an equal amount of part-time hours (at least 1,560 hours in total) in the 3 years before you apply.

You must have been allowed to work legally in Canada for these hours to count. This means you either had a valid work permit, or you were exempt from needing a work permit.

You can’t include any hours of work that you spent

  • as a full-time student
  • self-employed
  • working outside Canada
  • on leave from your job (medical, parental or similar)
  • on an extended absence outside Canada
  • unemployed
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