Hello to all our readers! Today, we bring a piece of exciting news that might be of particular interest to Hong Kong residents in Canada.
Canada has been a beacon of hope and a symbol of democracy for many around the world. It has consistently shown solidarity with those yearning for freedom and a better life. True to this ethos, the country has been welcoming residents from Hong Kong through dedicated immigration pathways since 2021.
However, as of August 15, 2023, Canada has made it even more accessible for Hong Kong residents to acquire permanent residence under the ‘Canadian work experience stream (Stream B)’. How so? The big news is: You no longer need a post-secondary education to qualify!
Here’s a quick breakdown for those interested:
Stream A: In-Canada Graduates For this stream, you’d need to have:
- A valid Hong Kong or UK-issued passport, specific to BN(O) status for those from Hong Kong.
- Presence in Canada both during application and the granting of permanent residency.
- Fluent proficiency in either English or French.
- A diploma or degree from a recognized post-secondary institution in Canada, completed within the last three years.
And some additional specifications regarding the degree or diploma, such as its duration and the percentage completed within Canada.
Stream B: Canadian Work Experience For those eyeing this stream, the criteria include:
- The same passport and residency requirements as Stream A.
- Proven proficiency in English or French.
- At least a year of full-time work in Canada within the past three years.
Interestingly, with the new rules, there are specifics on what doesn’t count towards the work requirement. For instance, hours spent while being a full-time student or while being self-employed don’t contribute. A comprehensive list of exceptions is provided for those keen on understanding the nuances.
This announcement, as mentioned, comes as a move to simplify the application process. Those applying under Stream B will now find relief in not having to submit proof of their education.
The honorable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, conveyed this policy change as a testament to Canada’s commitment to support the freedom and democracy of Hong Kong residents.
In conclusion, this is a heartwarming and encouraging step. Canada remains unwavering in its support for Hong Kongers, signaling its continuous efforts to evolve and adapt its policies in favor of inclusivity and accessibility.
To all eligible Hong Kong residents, here’s your golden opportunity. Best of luck with your applications!
Till next time, readers! Keep an eye out for more updates and news on our platform.