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Permanent Residence Pathways for Hong Kong Residents (HK)

  • C.E: Canadian Experience
These pathways came into effect under a temporary public policy on June 1, 2021, and will end on August 31, 2026.

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Federal Program

On June 1, 2021, a temporary public policy (➨ created two pathways to permanent residence to facilitate the immigration of certain Hong Kong residents.

These pathways facilitate granting permanent residence to eligible Hong Kong residents who are currently residing in Canada, along with their family members.
You might qualify for one of two streams. One of the following categories qualifies as a permanent residency application:
  • Stream A: Canadian college grads
  • Stream B: Work history in Canada

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The following requirements must be met to be eligible to apply under the Permanent Residence Pathways for Hong Kong Residents:

1- Study and Work in Canada

Depending on the pathway you are applying, there are certain requirements for study and work in Canada:
Stream A: In-Canada Graduates

As an in-Canada graduate, you must have graduated within the last three (3) years from a post-secondary designated learning institution in Canada (➨

You must have received one of the following:
  • A diploma (not graduate or post-graduate) for a program of at least two (2 )years
  • A degree (associate, bachelor’s, master’s or doctoral)
  • A graduate or post-graduate diploma or certificate for a program of at least 1 year 

Graduate or post-graduate program requires a post-secondary diploma or degree from Canada or overseas. You must have completed this required diploma or degree five (5) years before starting your graduate or post-graduate program.

Please note that at least 50% of your program must have been completed in Canada (either in person or online).
Stream B: Canadian Work Experience
For Canadian Work Experience stream, you must have worked in Canada in the last three (3) years for at least 12 months full time, or an equal amount of part-time hours.

2- Citizenship

You must hold a valid passport issued by one of the following:
  • Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China
  • United Kingdom to a British National (Overseas) as a person born, naturalized or registered in Hong Kong

3- Presence in Canada

You must be physically present in Canada when you apply and when you get permanent residence, with a valid temporary resident status in Canada.
You must intend to live in Canada, in any province or territory other than the province of Quebec.

4- Language Ability

You must have taken an approved test results and have obtained a minimum score of Canadian Language Benchmark CLB 5 in all for abilities in English or French (➨Appendix 5).

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Step 1: Complete Work/Education requirements

Before you can apply, you are required to fulfill the study and/or Canadian work experience requirements that were outlined earlier, depending on the application stream to which you are applying (Stream A or Stream B).

Step 2: Apply for Permanent Residence

If you meet all the requirements, you may submit a complete application for a permanent resident. You must submit your application using the IRCC Permanent Residence Portal (PR Portal) (➨ 

If your application is complete, you will receive a letter or an email confirming that your file has been received and accepted for processing. This letter is called the Acknowledge of Receipt (AOR) and will include your IRCC file number.
Once you have received your acknowledgement of receipt, you can create an online account and link your application to it. By creating an account, you will be able to receive email updates and a more detailed case status.

Step 3: Get your fingerprint and photo taken (Biometrics)

You and any members of your family between 14 and 79 years old need to give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics). You only need to give your biometrics once every 10 years. If you gave biometrics in the past as part of an application for a visitor visa, work or study permit and they’re still valid, you don’t need to give them again.
You will be contacted to give your biometrics and you will have 30 days from the date on the letter to do it.
In order to give biometrics you need to go to an official biometrics collection service point. You must give your biometrics in person.

Before you go, check the location’s website for its services and fees at (➨

Permanent Residence Application

Apply Online (PR Portal)
Official Program Guide:
IRCC Application Fees:
Main applicant: $570
Spouse: $570
Each child: $155
RPRF main applicant: $515
RPRF spouse: $515
Biometrics: $85
(per person if applicable)
Processing Time:
Not Available
Document Checklist:

1-888-242-2100 (in Canada)

1-613-944-4000 (outside Canada)

Web Form:

Visa Office:

Step 4: Medical and Background Checks

After the assessment of your permanent residence application based on the eligibility criteria of the program is completed, a decision is being made on your application based on the results of your medical exam, police certificates and background checks.
You and your family (and all your dependents, accompanying or not) must pass medical, criminal and security checks to receive permanent residence. If you or any of your dependents are found medically or criminally inadmissible, your application will be refused.
Medical Checks:

Instructions on how to get the medical exam done will be sent to you upon completion of selection based on the program’s eligibility criteria. You and your dependents must go for the medical exam within 30 days of receiving these instructions. Only an approved panel physician (➨Appendix 9) can do a complete medical exam for immigration reasons.

Once the exam is done, the physician will send the results to IRCC and will give you a document confirming that a medical exam is done.
Background Check:
Background check is a required procedure to verify your criminal and/or security background to ensure you are admissible to Canada. Criminality and Security together are background checks. Criminality check is performed by RCMP (Police Service of Canada), and Security by CSIS (Canadian Security Intelligence Service) and CBSA (Canada Border Services Agency).

Step 5: Landing in Canada

If your application is approved, you will be asked to pay your right of permanent residence fee if you haven't already done so. You will receive a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (CoPR) and if you are from a country that requires a visa you will also be issued a permanent resident visa.

You will only become a Permanent Resident of Canada when you cross a Canadian port of entry. This is referred to as ‘landing in Canada’ (➨Page).

You must land in Canada before the expiry date, which appears on your Canada Immigration Visa. Usually, the expiry date is one (1) year from the time medical examinations were completed. As this is not always the case, be sure to verify the expiry date as soon as the Canada Immigration Visa is received.

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