Health-care workers permanent residence pathway: COVID-19 program delivery

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

Two temporary public policies (one for applicants intending to reside in Quebec and one for applicants intending to reside in the rest of Canada) offer a pathway to permanent residence for refugee claimants working in Canada in the health care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic providing direct care to patients.

Applicants can apply to these public policies between December 14, 2020, and August 31, 2021.

If they are in Canada, spouses and common-law partners of deceased refugee claimants who worked in the health care sector and who contracted COVID-19 may also be granted permanent residence under one of the public policies.

Application conditions (eligibility requirements) and intake


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