Updated: Temporary public policy to exempt certain Hong Kong residents from work permit requirements

Date Announced:

May 17, 2021

Active Period:

This public policy revokes and replaces the Temporary Public Policy to Exempt Certain Hong Kong Residents from Work Permit Requirements signed on February 1, 2021. It takes effect upon signature and expires on February 7, 2023.


Accordingly, this public policy will allow for the issuance of open work permits to eligible residents of Hong Kong, whether they are in Canada or abroad, for a period of up to three years. Eligible family members may also be issued an open work permit.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Economic migrants | Family class (reunification) | Refugee claimants


Hong Kong | open work permits

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