New Permanent Residency Pathways for Hong Kong Residents ⎸ Our Application Checklist
As of June 1st, the Canadian government has created two new pathways for eligible Hong Kong residents and their families to apply for permanent residence. This was created under section 25.2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act in an effort to encourage more Hong Kong residents to come to Canada to study, work, and stay.
However, this exciting new opportunity is temporary, and will only be in place until August 31, 2026. This means that applicants who graduate from a Canadian post-secondary institution in June 2026 will be eligible. As such, we encourage all who qualify to apply as soon as possible. You can find a comprehensive summary of the streams and an application checklist below.
The Two Streams of Potential Applicants
Stream A: In Canada Graduates
Graduated from a 2 year (or longer) program with a degree in Canada
OR graduated from a post-secondary school (graduate or postgraduate 1 year or longer program) within the past 3 years in Canada
Stream B: Canadian work experience
Graduated from a 2 year (or longer) with a degree in Canada
OR graduated from a post-secondary school (graduate or postgraduate 1 year or longer program) within the past 3 years in Canada or abroad within the past 5 years, PLUS 1 year of in-Canada work experience within the last 3 years
Step 1 - Determine eligibility
Must hold one of two passports:
the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region of the People’s Republic of China, as defined by paragraph 190(2)(d) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR)
the United Kingdom to a British National Overseas, as a person born, naturalized or registered in Hong Kong, as defined by paragraph R190(2)(e)
Must hold temporary residency status in Canada
Must be in Canada when they apply and when permanent residence is granted (family non-included)
Must intend to reside in a province or territory in Canada other than Quebec. However, applicants may reside in Quebec at time of application.
Must complete a language test with a minimum language level of 5 in each of the 4 language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing). The test may be either:
Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) in English
Niveaux de compétence linguistique canadiens (NCLC) in French
Step 2 - Fill out all documents
Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008)
Additional Dependants / Declaration (IMM 0008DEP) (if applicant has more than five dependents)
Schedule 7A - Permanent Residence Pathways for Hong Kong Residents: Stream A – In-Canada Graduates (IMM 0135) OR Schedule 7B - Permanent Residence Pathways for Hong Kong Residents: Stream B – Canadian Work Experience (IMM 0136).
Additional Family Information (IMM 5406)
Schedule A: Background/Declaration (IMM 5669)
Supplementary Information – Your travels (IMM 5562)
Use of a Representative (IMM 5476) (if you have a paid or unpaid representative)
Travel documents and passports
Proof of Education
Proof of Work Experience in Canada (Stream B)
Identity and Civil Status Documents
Police Certificate and Clearances
Step 3 - Pay application fees
Application processing fee - $550 CAN
Right of permanent residence fee - $500 CAN
Inclusion of spouse or partner processing fee - $550 CAN
Inclusion of spouse or partner right of permanent residence fee - $500 CAN
Inclusion of a dependent child - $150 CAN (per child)
Step 4 - Submit application
Applicants may submit electronically by signing up for epost Connect.
Applicants must send an email to IRCC.HMHKPublicPolicy-MHPolitiquePubliqueHK.IRCC@cic.gc.ca declaring their intention to apply for permanent residence under the Hong Kong public policy. They will be responded to with instructions for next steps.
If applicants cannot apply online, they may submit on paper
The address is as such: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada – Humanitarian Migration (HK PP) #300 – 800 Burrard Street Vancouver, BC V6Z 0B6
Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.
We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.