What is the new pathway for permanent Residence for Hong Kong residents?

China imposed a national security law for Hong Kong on June 30, 2020, which criminalizes “secession, subversion, terrorism, and collusion with foreign forces”. This law can be used for discriminatory or arbitrary interpretation and enforcement. Canada being a longstanding partner with the people of Hong Kong, is concerned with the deteriorating human rights situation. To address these concerns, the Government of Canada has introduced a slew of facilitative measures to help Hong Kong residents come to Canada.

This temporary pathway is aimed at Hong Kong residents. The residents should be currently in Canada to be eligible for permanent residence through this pathway. This new pathway will be in effect from June 1, 2021, to August 31, 2026.

There are 2 streams under which you can apply:

  •     Stream A: In-Canada graduates
  •     Stream B: Canadian work experience

 

Who can Apply?

Stream A:

To be eligible for this stream, you must meet the below conditions:

  •     Have a valid passport
  •     Be physically present in Canada when you apply and when you get PR
  •     Have the valid temporary resident status
  •     Have a level 5 score in all 4 language skills in one of the following:
    • Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB)
    • Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC)
  •     Have graduated from a post-secondary designated learning institute in Canada
    • In 3 years before applying
    • With diploma (of at least 2 years), a degree or graduate/post-graduate diploma or certificate
    • 50% of program completed in Canada (in person or online)

Stream B:

To be eligible for this stream, you must meet the below conditions:

  •     Have a valid passport
  •     Be physically present in Canada when you apply and when you get PR
  •     Have the valid temporary resident status
  •     Have a level 5 score in all 4 language skills 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:
    • Diploma or degree
    • A graduate or post-graduate diploma or certificate
    • Foreign education credential equal to the above
  •     Have worked in Canada for at least 1 year full-time or equal number of part-time hours in the 3 years before you apply

 

Document Checklist

Depending on your stream, you will be requested to submit documents. Documents are listed in the below categories. You can get a detailed list of individual documents at this link.

  •     Language Test
  •     Intent to live in a province or territory other than Quebec
  •     Post-secondary education
  •     Canadian Work Experience (Stream B only)

 

How to Apply?

To be eligible for permanent residence under this public policy, you must apply from within Canada. IRCC recommends using Canada Post’s epost Connect service to make sure the application stays secure and your privacy is protected. The steps mentioned below explain the process of applying:

Step 1: Prepare and send an email

Send the below email:

To: [email protected]

Subject: Request to apply for the Permanent Residence Pathways for Hong Kong Residents: [insert your unique client identifier (UCI) or passport number]

Body: Name, email to be used for communication, and UCI or Passport Number. If you don’t have UCI or passport numbers, you will have to provide an explanation in the email. Do not add any additional information

You will receive an auto-confirmation after IRCC receives your email.

Step 2: Create an Account with Canada Post

After receiving the confirmation from IRCC, you will receive another email from Canada Post for signing up with an account. Keep an eye on the spam folder for the sign-up email. Once you receive the email, follow the instructions to setup the account.

Step 3: Complete your application

You can read the instruction guide before completing all the forms. You can find the guide here: IMM 5067.

Checklist of Documents required: IMM 0134

Forms:

Stream A form:

Stream B form:

Additional forms if applicable:

Step 4: Pay your fees

Your total fees will include processing fees from you and anyone you include on your application. You will have to pay your fees online.

 

Step 5: Submit your application

Once you have completed the forms and gathered documents, you can upload them to your epost account.

 

You can get more information on this pathway at the official IRCC page here. For the latest news and information related to Canada PR, subscribe to the TrekNation newsletter. You can also download the TrekNation app for getting your CRS score, the latest express entry draws, and more!

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