Permanent Residence Status Applications now Open for Refugees working in Healthcare

By: Laura Steiner
Refugees who work in Canada’s healthcare sector providing direct care will now be able to apply for permanent residency status.  Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister Marco Mendicino made the announcement earlier this week.
“We recognize the dedication of the many asylum seekers who have raised their hand to serve as we live through a unique and unprecedented situation.  Canadians are appreciative of asylum seekers and the work they are doing during the pandemic,” Mendicino said.  Workers will be able to use experience gained while in an internship as long as it’s a post-secondary or vocational program.
There are two programs available.  Those living outside Quebec can click here for more information. Those living inside Quebec can apply here. Applications will be accepted between December 14, 2020, and August, 31, 2021.   Eligibility will be extended to spouses, and common-law partners of those who have died of COVID-19.  All applicants will be required to meet existing admissibility requirements, including those related to criminality, security, and health.