New temporary public policy to benefit Hong Kong permanent residence applicants

by | May 7, 2024

Canada continues to stand by Hong Kong nationals and supports their freedom and democracy. We continue to monitor the situation in Hong Kong to ensure our immigration programs remain responsive to the needs of Hong Kong residents wishing to come to Canada.

A pathway to permanent residence for in-Canada Hong Kong nationals was launched on February 8, 2021, as part of Canada’s response to developments in Hong Kong. Due to a high volume of applications, processing times for this pathway have grown, and many applicants are at risk of seeing their temporary status in Canada expire before their permanent residence applications are finalized.

A new public policy will be launched in the coming weeks to let Hong Kong permanent residence pathway applicants extend their status and get a new open work permit in Canada while they wait for a decision on their permanent residence applications.

Starting May 27, 2024, open work permits will be available to those who both

The new public policy will remain in place for 5 years so that applicants can extend their temporary status in Canada while the processing of their permanent residence application continues.

Those with temporary status in Canada, or their guardians, are responsible for renewing their status as needed. A foreign national who submits an application to extend their work or study permit in Canada before their current permit expires continues to have legal status until a decision is taken on their extension application. This is called “maintained status”.

If an applicant’s temporary status expired in the 90 days before applying for a new open work permit, they can apply under this public policy and restore their status at the same time. If their temporary status expired more than 90 days before they try to apply for this new open work permit, their application will not be approved.

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Source:- Official Website of Canada Govt. Check it here

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