Following the UK and Australia, today (13/11) the Canadian government announced that due to Hong Kong National Security Law, many convenience policies are introduced for young Hong Kong citizens to apply for permanent Canadian citizenship.
It is reported by Stand News that Marco Mendicino, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada announced many new policies, appealing to the best and the most extraordinary students and young people in Hong Kong to come to Canada and escape from the oppression. In the announcement, the Canadian authorities also mentioned the disqualification of the four Legislative Council members and criticized Beijing for its narrowing HongKong autonomous rights, the right of free speech, and the right of public participation in governance: the DQ obviously shows that Beijing completely ignores the Basic Law and its promise for HongKong’s high degree of autonomy within the framework of One Country Two Systems.
The new policies include the following:
1. Eligible Hong Kong citizens including those in Canada are granted the three-year working visa, attracting them to further their studies or continue working in Canada. Applicants who graduated from educational institutions recognized by Canada or overseas higher education institutions within the recent five years will obtain an open and express visa. Once obtaining the approval of the visa, they can apply for the visa for their spouse, companion, and offspring.
2. Two new ways to become permanent residents
From 2021, HongKong citizens who studied in education institutions recognized by Canada and completed the final courses in Canada within the past three years, or those who graduated from educational institutions recognized by Canada or overseas postgraduates can apply for permanent residency if they meet the minimum requirements in both language and educational background and have one-year work experience in Canada.
3. Two procedures in the present Refugee Law are altered, including the one that after failing to obtain refugee status those Hong Kong applicants can be exempted from the one-year re-waiting period. It is clearly pointed out that those HongKong citizens who participated in the Anti-extradition Movement last summer and were thus sued by the National Security Law will not be deprived of the right to seek asylum and apply for permanent residence or other certificates as long as they did not commit any crimes according to the Canadian law.
Mendicino told Reuters that even if the Hong Kong applicants are prosecuted due to violating the National Security Law, they will not be disqualified for the application for asylum, permanent residence, and other certificates. The details of the new policies will be announced in 2021.
Comments from a fellow fighter:
The Hong Kong government disqualified four disloyal Legislative Council members according to the decision made by the NPC Standing Committee yesterday. Many countries including the UK, Germany, the US, and Canada criticized successively this conduct of weakening Hong Kong autonomy and ignoring the Basic Law. Receiving international sympathy, Hong Kong people stand out to support the protesters bravely facing the power.
Marco Mendicino, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada announced many new policies, appealing to the best and the most extraordinary students and young people in Hong Kong to come to Canada and escape from the oppression. The Chinese ambassador in Canada Cong Peiwu warned Canada previously against providing political asylum for the Hong Kong demonstrators who fought for democracy and said that accepting those Hong Kong people would mean condoning the violent crimes and would threaten the security of 300,000 Canadians living in Hong Kong. The Prime Minister of Canada Trudeau said recently that Canada will not yield to the coercive diplomacy of China.
It is clearly pointed out in the immigration provisions that those HongKong citizens who participated in the Anti-extradition Movement last summer and were thus sued by the National Security Law will not be disqualified for seeking asylum and applying for permanent residence or other certificates as long as they did not commit any crimes according to the Canadian law. The writer felt very sad for these excellent Hong Kong people who have to be displaced because of political oppression and meanwhile was very grateful to the Canadian government lending a helping hand to those young people in Hong Kong in crisis.
The above is merely the writer’s personal opinion
News Source: Stand News, Epoch Times
Translated by Littleleaf