How to move to Canada from Hong Kong: a guide for expatriates and their families

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Canada is one of the most popular destinations for Hong Kongers seeking work and study abroad opportunities. Important cultural links between Hong Kong and Canada continue through trade, tourism, education and business interactions. Hong Kong residents have access to many avenues of immigration to Canada, including Express Entry for Skilled Workers, Skilled Workers, Canadian Experience, Provincial Nominee Program and other business immigration programs.

The Canadian economy is growing at a steady pace, with strong prospects in the technology, finance and health care sectors. More than two million Canadians are employed by multinational companies operating out of Canada, while another million work in local businesses across the country. These factors make it easy for skilled Hong Kong workers to find employment in their field or to advance their careers through further education and training after moving to Canada.

Canadian Immigration Update for Hong Kong Residents
IRCC regularly conducts surveys to make Canada’s immigration system more reliable; by analysing these surveys and feedback, Canada’s Ministerial Council updates the immigration system. On 6 February 2023, at a press conference, IRCC announced significant updates to Hong Kong’s pathways policy.

What are the updates to Hong Kong’s pathways policy?
Hong Kong’s pathways policy aims to make the Canadian immigration process smoother and more robust for Hong Kongers. PR programs for Hong Kongers will remain open until 2026 if they have Canadian work experience or have studied in Canada. There are also updates for open work permits. Hong Kong’s pathway policy is a Canadian immigration policy that allows skilled people from Hong Kong to immigrate to Canada as permanent residents.

How do I get a job in Canada from Hong Kong?
It is difficult to get a well-paid job in Canada through the Express Entry program. You must qualify for the program and obtain an invitation from the Canadian government.
Express Entry is the best immigration route, which allows immigrants to apply for permanent residence (PR) directly from abroad using their CRS score. You will receive an invitation to apply if you have enough points under the Express Entry system. The most important factor in determining your eligibility is your level of education, but there are also factors related to age, work experience and language skills that can affect the number of points you get.

YEE HONG, one of Canada’s largest non-profit organizations, provides development programs and services at universities in Canada and Hong Kong. Yee Hong has partnered with the Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work at the University of Toronto and the Centre for Learning and Change in Canada and Hong Kong to provide educational activities in the following areas

  • Social effectiveness training for managers and staff
  • Dementia Play Intervention
  • Study tours
  • Social work and social service
  • Student placements and training in cultural sensitivity and inclusion.

What are the requirements for obtaining permanent residence in Canada from Hong Kong?
Processing, documenting and submitting an application for permanent residence (PR) are the three main steps to immigration to Canada. If you meet all these requirements, you can become a permanent resident in Canada. To become a qualified Express Entry applicant, you must have the required work experience, a higher MCP score and a verified CEA report. We have a page dedicated to the documentation required for immigration to Canada as a permanent resident: Here are some of the requirements you need to meet:

Eligibility to apply for permanent residence in Canada
You must meet the criteria of one of the many available immigration programs with a maximum score of CRS maintained. If you are applying for Express Entry, keep up to date with the latest Express Entry draws.

Proof of funds – Skilled immigrants
You must also be able to demonstrate that you will be able to establish yourself successfully in Canada. This includes showing that you have sufficient funds to support yourself, that you can participate in the workforce and that you intend to settle in Canada permanently.

Immigration medical examination (IME)
In addition, you may be required to undergo a medical and security check.

Legal support for Hong Kongers in Canada
Canadian immigration law provides certain rights and protections to newcomers, including the right to work and the right to study. Those wishing to obtain permanent resident status in Canada can apply through the Express Entry Program or a Provincial Nominee Program. In addition, several organisations in Canada offer legal support and advice to Hong Kongers. With the right support and advice, Hong Kongers in Canada can confidently navigate their new life.
Hong Kong Watch is one such organisation that ensures that Hongkongers do not face difficulties when they intend to settle permanently in Canada.

The Toronto Hong Kong Parent Group is responsible for the settlement assistance program for Hong Kongers who have come to Canada as permanent residents. These non-profit organizations provide a range of resources and services to help newcomers from Hong Kong adjust to life in Canada and take advantage of the opportunities available to them.

Conclusion :
PAIC guides international expatriates, including Hong Kong residents, through the Canadian immigration process. We help people from all over the world to obtain permanent residency or a study permit in Canada. Our immigration consultant, Paul Abraham, has helped people overseas with the legal and documentary procedures to increase their chances of immigration to Canada.

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