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Canada announced a new policy for Hong Kong permanent residence applicants

On May 7, 2024, the Government of Canada introduced a new policy allowing Hong Kong permanent residence applicants to extend their status and obtain an open work permit while awaiting a decision on their permanent residence applications. Starting May 27, 2024, open work permits will be available to applicants under Stream A (in-Canada graduates) or Stream B (Canadian work experience) who have held a work or study permit in the past three years. This policy will be in place for five years, allowing applicants to extend their temporary status while their permanent residence application is processed. Monitoring the situation in Hong Kong, Canada ensures its immigration programs cater to Hong Kong residents' needs.

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