February 11, 2021, by Neil Sharma
Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a work permit, valid for a three-year term, for Hong Kong residents who obtained post-secondary diplomas in Canada within the last five years.
Additionally, the IRCC will ease entry restrictions, with the eventual goal of permanent residency, for Hong Kong residents who have at least a year’s worth of work experience in Canada or who satisfy language and education criteria.
“The launch of the Hong Kong immigration pathway is a historic initiative that will attract young, talented and experienced graduates who will help to drive Canada’s economy forward,” said a statement from IRCC Minister Marco E. L. Mendicino.
Canada welcomed 321,120 immigrants to the country in 2019—a 116-year high dating back to the year such statistics were recorded—but, in 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic put a spanner in the works.
In November, the IRCC pledged to welcome roughly 1.2 million immigrants, 60% of whom would be “economic class,” between 2021 and 2023. The second wave of COVID-19 infections in Canada might make achieving that target difficult, but the country is trying.
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