加拿大宣布支持香港居民和在港加拿大人的移民措施

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2020年11月12日-渥太华-移民是加拿大经济增长的关键驱动力,加拿大继续欢迎来自世界各地的最优秀和最聪明的人,他们帮助加拿大人创造就业机会。在我们专注于加速经济复苏的同时,加拿大将继续成为世界上人才、资本和就业的首选目的地。

今天,移民、难民及公民部部长门迪奇诺阁下宣布了一项新的移民措施,将通过提供新的开放工作许可和拓宽他们获得永久居留权的途径,吸引香港的学生和青年来加拿大。这项措施建立在2021-2023年移民水平计划的基础上,旨在鼓励刚毕业的香港学生和有必要工作经验的学生选择加拿大作为学习、工作和定居的地方。此公告也支持加拿大政府为响应中国政府于2020年6月30日在香港实施和执行国家安全法而作出的保持加港两地之间诸多联系的承诺。

此外,对现有移民计划的一些加强措施,以及加大对这些选择的宣传力度,将支持那些目前在加拿大并想留下来的香港人,或想在COVID-19旅行限制最终取消后开始制定来加计划的香港人。

部长还向在香港的加拿大人和加拿大永久居民保证,他们可以随时返回加拿大,他们所需的任何文件都会被加快处理。加拿大人和加拿大永久居民在香港的家人也可以根据目前的旅行限制豁免前往加拿大,不过所有前往加拿大的旅客在抵达加拿大后必须隔离14天。

香港青年的新途径

加拿大移民、难民和公民事务部认识到许多香港学生和毕业生可以为加拿大的经济和劳动力带来才干和技能,因此宣布一项新的措施,允许在加拿大或海外的符合条件的香港居民,在最近完成大专学习后,申请开放性工作许可,该许可的有效期可长达3年。

获得开放式工作许可将允许香港居民,特别是年轻人来加拿大或留在加拿大,并获得宝贵的就业经验。为了追随这种经验,正在为符合特定资格标准的在加香港居民建立一条新的永久居民身份途径。这条新途径将于2021年推出,标准包括最低语言和教育水平,以及在加拿大一年的工作经验。

政府还将加快想去加拿大留学的人的学习许可申请。2020年香港居民申请学习许可的人数已经有所增加,加拿大将继续推动这一机会。Mendicino部长宣布,一旦完成学业,这些学生将有新的专门途径获得永久居留权。

其他措施

加拿大还将推出新措施,为香港的加拿大人和加拿大永久居民加快办理证件,加快办理永久居留申请,包括家庭担保,这将使香港居民受益,并鼓励香港青年到加拿大学习或工作。

对于临时在加拿大的香港居民,如果申请续签身份以延长逗留时间,将免收申请处理费。

孟迪奇诺部长表示,加拿大将继续支持香港人,支持民主和人权。

语录
“加拿大和香港之间的人与人之间的联系强大而深厚,这些新措施庆祝这些长期存在的关系。来自香港的新移民,包括学生,为加拿大做出了杰出的贡献,我们今天宣布的变化将加强我们与香港人的关系,使我们更加紧密地联系在一起。”

-加拿大移民、难民及公民部部长孟迪奇诺(Marco E. L. Mendicino)阁下。

快讯
2020年6月30日,中国通过了香港国家安全法,将 “分裂国家、颠覆国家、恐怖主义和勾结外国势力 “定为犯罪,对这些损害权利和自由的罪行作出了非常广泛的定义。

2020年7月3日,全球事务部长弗朗索瓦-尚帕涅代表加拿大发表声明,强调实施出口管制和暂停加拿大引渡条约,并宣布修改加拿大人的旅行建议。

估计有30万加拿大人居住在香港,是加拿大最大的海外社区之一。这个社区与在加拿大的大量港裔加拿大人一起,在建立充满活力的双边关系中发挥着重要作用。

在过去5年内完成大专以上学历的人将可获得开放式工作许可。

Canada announces immigration measures supporting Hong Kong residents and Canadians in Hong Kong

News release

November 12, 2020—Ottawa—Immigration is a key driver of Canada’s economic growth, and Canada continues to welcome the best and brightest from around the world, who help create jobs for Canadians. As we focus on accelerating our recovery, Canada will continue to be the world’s top destination for talent, capital, and jobs.

Today, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a new immigration initiative that will attract students and youth from Hong Kong to Canada by offering a new open work permit and broadening their pathways to permanent residency. This initiative builds on the 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan and is designed to encourage recent Hong Kong graduates and those with essential work experience to choose Canada as a place to study, work, and settle. This announcement also supports the commitments made by the Government of Canada to maintain the many connections between Canada and Hong Kong in response to the Chinese government’s imposition and implementation of the national security law in Hong Kong on June 30, 2020.

In addition, a number of enhancements to existing immigration programs, and increasing efforts to raise awareness of these options, will support people from Hong Kong who are currently in Canada and want to stay, or who want to begin making plans to come to Canada when the COVID-19 travel restrictions are eventually lifted.

The minister also reassured Canadians and Canadian permanent residents in Hong Kong that they can return to Canada at any time, and any documents they require will be expedited. Family members in Hong Kong of Canadians and Canadian permanent residents may also travel to Canada under the current exemptions to travel restrictions, though all travellers to Canada must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival.

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.

Additional measures

Canada is also introducing new measures to expedite documents for Canadians and Canadian permanent residents in Hong Kong, to speed up processing of permanent residence applications, including family sponsorship, which will benefit Hong Kong residents, and to encourage Hong Kong youth to study or work in Canada.

Application processing fees are being waived for Hong Kong residents in Canada on a temporary basis who apply to renew their status to extend their stay.

Minister Mendicino said that Canada continues to support the people of Hong Kong and to stand up for democracy and human rights.

Quotes

“The people-to-people ties between Canada and Hong Kong are strong and deep, and these new measures celebrate those long-standing relationships. Newcomers from Hong Kong, including students, have made outstanding contributions to Canada, and the changes we’re announcing today will strengthen our relationship with the people of Hong Kong and bring us closer together.”

—The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

Quick facts

  • On June 30, 2020, China passed a national security law for Hong Kong, which criminalizes “secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces,” providing very broad definitions for these crimes that undermine rights and freedoms.
  • Global Affairs Minister François Champagne issued a statement on July 3, 2020, on behalf of Canada, highlighting the implementation of export controls and the suspension of Canada’s extradition treaty as well as announcing the revision of travel advice for Canadians.
  • There are an estimated 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong, which is one of the largest Canadian communities abroad. This community, along with the significant number of Canadians of Hong Kong descent in Canada, plays an important role in building vibrant bilateral relations.
  • The open work permit will be available to those who have completed post-secondary studies in the last 5 years.

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