08 December 2009

Hong Kong and Canada reach youth visa agreement

Hong Kong and Canada have reached a number of key agreements during a three-day visit to China by Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper.

Hong Kong and Canada have signed youth mobility, trade and import agreements in what has been called the first warming of diplomatic tensions since Harper took office in 2006. 

As part of the youth mobility Working Holiday Visa agreement, Hong Kong residents from 18 to 30 years old will be able to live and work in Canada for up to one year.

The new youth Hong Kong and Canadian Visa agreement will come into effect in March 2010.

Hong Kong has also lifted its six-year ban on Canadian beef, which could be worth about CA$60-million a year to Canadian farmers. China also lifted a ban on Canadian pork products, worth about CA$50 -million a year to Canadian pork producers.

Canada and Hong Kong have many ties, however, business experts believe that Canada has the potential to participate more fully in the region.
Hong Kong is currently home to 13 regional headquarters, 32 regional offices and 41 local offices for a variety of Canadian companies and more than 225,000 Canadians live in Hong Kong.

The Canadian Visa Bureau is an independent consulting company specialising in helping people with their Canadian Immigration application to the Canadian Embassy.

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