Finally, the Canadian government is working on launching tentative programs to give health workers a gateway to permanent residence. From December 14, the IRCC will start accepting permanent residence applications from refugee candidates working at the forefront of Canadian healthcare.

In a previous announcement, the IRCC confirmed its intentions of implementing two new temporary immigration programs. The minister for immigration, Marco Mendicino, announced the new proposed measures solely targeting candidates in the long-care facilities and hospitals. One of the programs is designated for refugees in Quebec, while the other will serve refugees in other Canadian provinces.

Who is Eligible?

Applicants Working in Healthcare

Candidates working in healthcare are free to apply for permanent residence anytime between December 14, 2020, and August 31, 2021. However, only those who meet the preset admissibility criteria are qualified to apply. The requirements are related to issues such as criminality, health, and society. Candidates can also list their family members living in Canada as their dependents and part of their permanent residence application.

Candidates with the Necessary Internship Experience

Applicants’ internship experience will also be considered an integral part of boosting their post-secondary study program. Internship programs also serve to enhance vocational training programs and professional requirements for designated occupations. As such, whether paid or unpaid, candidates’ internship program will play a vital role in determining their eligibility.

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