Hong Kong residents in Canada or abroad who have completed post-secondary studies within the last five years can apply for an open work permit, which may be valid for up to three years. The Canadian government will also expedite study permit applications from Hong Kong residents. The Canadian government intends to create new pathways to permanent residence in Canada for Hong Kong residents.
Application fees are temporarily being waived for Hong Kong residents in Canada who apply to renew their status to extend their stay in Canada.
Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Hong Kong and their immediate families can return to Canada at any time notwithstanding the general COVID-19-related travel restrictions, but they must meet all testing and quarantine requirements. The Canadian government is also expediting documents and family sponsorship applications for Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Hong Kong.