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
- Conditions (eligibility requirements), including:
- Conditions (eligibility requirements) for pending or failed refugee claimants
- Conditions (eligibility requirements) for spouses or common-law partners of deceased refugee claimants who worked in the health care sector and who contracted COVID-19
- Final criteria
- Pending applications under humanitarian and compassionate considerations
- Intake and completeness
- Preliminary review and triage
- Assessing the work-related requirements
- Making a final decision
- Temporary Public Policy to Facilitate the Granting of Permanent Residence for Certain Refugee Claimants Working in the Health-Care Sector during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Temporary Public Policy to Grant Permanent Residence to Certain Foreign Nationals Selected by Quebec Working in the Health-Care Sector during the COVID-19 Pandemic
- Roles and responsibilities (IRCC, IRB, CBSA and MIFI)
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