Canada Launches Hong Kong Pathway that will Attract Recent Graduates and Skilled Workers with Faster Permanent Residency.

Date Announced:

February 8, 2021

Active Period:

Replaced by the Temporary Public Policy to Exempt Certain Hong Kong Residents from Work Permit Requirements signed on May 17, 2021.


Hong Kong residents will be able to apply for new open work permits beginning on February 8, 2021. Valid for up to 3 years, these permits will allow Hong Kong residents to gain valuable employment experience and make significant contributions to Canada. Hong Kong residents must have graduated with a Canadian post-secondary diploma or degree in the last 5 years, or hold an equivalent foreign credential. A post-secondary diploma program must be a minimum of 2 years.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Economic migrants | International students | Prospective immigrants


Hong Kong | open work permits

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