OTTAWA: Canada stated on Thursday (Feb 4) that Hong Kong graduates of Canadian universities may apply for a brand new class of three-year work allow subsequent week and expressed recent concern about China’s clampdown on the previous British territory.
The announcement marks the most recent step in Canada’s marketing campaign to assist Hong Kong after China imposed a brand new nationwide safety legislation in late June 2020, aimed toward something Beijing regards as subversion, secession or terrorism. About 300,000 Canadian passport holders reside within the metropolis.
Under the brand new visa guidelines, unveiled last November, any Hong Kong resident who has graduated from a Canadian college prior to now 5 years can apply to work for as much as three years. Those with equal overseas credentials are additionally eligible.
Visa recipients may also be supplied a technique to transition extra simply to everlasting residency.
“Canada continues to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Hong Kong, and is deeply concerned about the new National Security Law and the deteriorating human rights situation there,” the federal government stated in a press release.
After China imposed the legislation, Ottawa moved rapidly to droop its extradition treaty with Hong Kong and banned the export of delicate navy gadgets.
Hong Kong residents at present in Canada quickly, together with guests, college students and staff, can apply on-line for the visas. Eligible spouses or common-law companions, in addition to dependent kids, can additionally apply for a examine or work allow.
The measures apply to residents who maintain a Hong Kong particular administrative area or a British National Overseas passport, created below British legislation in 1987 that particularly pertains to Hong Kong. China and Hong Kong say they not recognise the BNO passport as a sound journey doc.