School options for Hong Kong citizens moving to Canada

The Canadian government has enacted new measures to support Hong Kong citizens in their efforts to enter Canada to work or study.  Canada, recognized for its education system both public and private, has long been a leading destination for international students.  The changing political climate in Hong Kong is driving many to seek out new opportunities for their families.

The following information was released on November 10, 2020 and can be found on the Government of Canada website at this link

New pathways for Hong Kong youth

Recognizing the talent and skills many Hong Kong students and graduates can bring to Canada’s economy and workforce, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is announcing a new initiative to allow eligible Hong Kong residents in Canada or abroad with recently completed post-secondary studies to apply for an open work permit, which may be valid for up to 3 years.

Obtaining an open work permit will allow Hong Kong residents, particularly young people, to come to or stay in Canada and gain valuable employment experience. To follow this experience, a new pathway to permanent resident status for in-Canada Hong Kong residents who meet specific eligibility criteria is being created. This new pathway will be available in 2021, and criteria will include minimum language and education levels and 1 year of work experience in Canada.

The government will also expedite study permit applications for those who want to study in Canada. There has already been an increase in applications for study permits from Hong Kong residents in 2020, and Canada will continue to promote this opportunity. Minister Mendicino announced that, once their studies are completed, these students will have a new dedicated pathway to permanent residence.

SchoolAdvice, a leader in education in Canada is here to assist Hong Kong families seeking best fit private schools for their children.  Our extensive experience working with the Canada´s Independent School Network is available to those considering Canada as a new residence or study destination.  We invite you to contact us for a free on-line consultation to learn more.

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