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How Can I Move to Canada from Hong Kong

There are a number of different pathways to move to Canada from Hong Kong. Though we set out below the 4 major pathways, as each pathway has different requirements as to eligibility, you may wish to get immigration assistance from one of our immigration lawyers to identify the pathway which would be most suitable for your individual circumstances.

Becoming a Canadian Permanent Resident

Canada offers a number of pathways to permanent residency, primarily based on the ability to contribute to the economy and to integrate into Canadian society. These pathways include the Federal Skilled Workers Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program and the Canadian Experience Class in addition to Provincial Nominee Programs.

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Working in Canada

In recent years, almost 100% of the growth in Canada’s labour force has come from immigration. In some limited circumstances, Canada allows foreigners to work in Canada without a work permit but, more often, foreigners must obtain a work permit before entering Canada to work. Work permits are available under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program and the International Mobility Program.

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Sponsoring Family to Come to Canada

A family member who is Canadian citizen or permanent resident may sponsor a spouse or child or a parent or grandparent to come to Canada, either as a permanent resident of Canada or as a long term visitor under a super-visa.

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Studying in Canada

In 2019, Canada issued just under 2,500 study permits to Hong Kong residents. Despite Covid, these numbers increased through 2020 and 2021, with just over 3,100 study permits being issued to Hong Kong residents in 2021.

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How Many Immigrants Does Canada Accept Each Year?

In 2019, Canada welcomed more than 341,000 permanent residents. Even with the challenges resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, in 2020, Canada admitted over 184,500 new permanent residents.

Going forwards, Canada plans to increase the number of permanent residents, setting the following immigration targets:




Total Intake of Permanent Residents




Sub-total for Federal Skilled Worker, Federal Skilled Trades and Canadian Experience Class




Sub-total for Provincial Nominees




Sub-total for Spouses and Children




Sub-total for Parents and Grandparents




Based on data from 2019, just under 9% of the immigrants accepted into Canada as permanent residents came from China.

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