Temporary Pathway to PR for Asylum Seekers Working in Health Care During COVID

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The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, announced a temporary measure which will provide a pathway to permanent residency for asylum claimants working in the health-care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Under this measure, asylum claimants across the country who are working on the front lines providing direct care to patients in health-care institutions will be able to apply for permanent residency if they meet the criteria. In-Canada family members of the principal applicant would be included in the application and granted permanent residency, if the application is approved.

To qualify, individuals must meet all of the following criteria:

  • have claimed asylum before March 13, 2020
  • were issued a work permit after they made a claim for asylum
  • have worked in the health-care sector, in health institutions
  • have worked in a designated occupation for no less than 120 hours between March 13, 2020 and August 14, 2020
  • demonstrate 6 months of experience in the designated occupation before being granted permanent residence. Applicants will have until August 31, 2021 to acquire this experience.
  • meet existing admissibility requirements, including those related to criminality, security and health

Quebec will select those qualifying for this special measure who wish to reside in Quebec. In addition to meeting the criteria listed above, the applicant must have a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ).

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More information on this temporary measure: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2020/08/pathway-to-permanent-residency-recognizes-exceptional-service-of-asylum-claimants-on-front-lines-of-covid-19-pandemic.html