PR Applications From Hong Kong Residents

PR Applications From Hong Kong Residents

Pavan Kumar T Published:
June 20, 2024

Canada remains steadfast in its support for the people of Hong Kong and their aspirations for freedom and democracy. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) are closely monitoring the situation in Hong Kong to ensure that Canada’s immigration policies remain adaptable to the desires of Hong Kong residents seeking to relocate to Canada.

A program offering a route to permanent residency for Hong Kong residents who are already in Canada was initiated on February 8 (in the year 2021 itself), in response to the situation in Hong Kong. However, due to a significant number of applications, processing times for this pathway have increased, putting many applicants at risk of having their temporary status in Canada expire before their permanent residence applications are processed.

Soon, a new public policy will be implemented to enable applicants in the Hong Kong permanent residence pathway to prolong their status in Canada and acquire a renewed open work permit while awaiting a decision on their permanent residence applications.

Individuals who have applied for permanent residence under either of the below benefits from the new public policy that will be effective for a duration of 5 years, allowing applicants to extend their temporary status in Canada while their permanent residence application is being processed.

  • stream A (in-Canada graduates) or Stream B (Canadian work experience) of the temporary public policy for Hong Kong residents in Canada, and
  • held a work or study permit in the 3 years before their application for permanent residence was received.

Individuals with temporary status in Canada, or their guardians, are responsible for ensuring the renewal of their status as required. If a foreign national applies to extend their work or study permit in Canada before the expiration of their current permit, they maintain legal status until a decision is made on their extension application, a status referred to as "maintained status."

Under this public policy, applicants whose temporary status expired within the 90 days preceding their application for a new open work permit can apply and restore their status simultaneously. However, if their temporary status expired more than 90 days before applying for the new open work permit, their application will not be approved.


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