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Canada launching immigration programs for refugees working in healthcare

On December 14, Canada will begin accepting applications for permanent residence from refugee claimants who provided direct healthcare to Canadians.

Canada’s minister of immigration, Marco Mendicino, had announced two new temporary immigration programs this past summer. One is for refugees in Quebec, and the other is for refugees in other Canadian provinces. The program is intended primarily for orderlies, nurses, and service aides.

Applications are open from December 14 to August 31, 2021. Applicants must meet existing admissibility requirements such as those related to criminality, security, and health. They can also include their family members who are in Canada to be a part of the permanent residency application.

Applicant’s internship experience will also be considered regardless of whether it was paid or not. However, it must be an essential part of a post-secondary study program, vocational training program, or a professional order requirement in one of the designated occupations.

The new measures also extend to the spouses and common-law partners of refugee claimants who died from contracting coronavirus in Canada. These family members may be eligible if they arrived in Canada before August 14, 2020.

Applicants must send their applications to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) website. Canada’s immigration department will make the decisions on which applicants get permanent residence, based on whether they meet eligibility criteria and other admissibility requirements.

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