Your chance to become a permanent resident in Canada

About the public policies

The Health-Care Workers Permanent Residence Pathway is Canada’s new immigration program specific to refugee claimants who are already in Canada and have either a failed or pending status claim before March 13, 2020. It’s open to those who have worked in one of the eligible occupations during the COVID-19 pandemic. Primarily, they must have provided direct care to patients and meet the other eligibility requirements listed below. 

Eligibility Requirements

  • Minimum number of hours: Pending or failed refugee claimants must work in one of the designated occupations for at least 120 hours from March 13 and August 14, 2020, and a total of 30 hours of full-time work every week for 6 months or a total of 750 hours of part-time work before August 31, 2021
  • Designated occupations: Jobs eligible for the Health-Care Workers Permanent Residence Pathway are registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses; nurse aides, orderlies, and patient service associates; home support workers; nursing coordinators and supervisors; licensed practical nurses, and allied primary health practitioners. Refugee claimants work descriptions must match those of the mentioned jobs
  • Work permit: Their work permit must be issued only after the refugee claim was made
  • Family members: You and your family members, who are already in Canada, must be admissible to Canada

Note: If you have not yet reached the required work hours, you can still continue to submit your application and complete the required work experience until August 31, 2021, and send your proof later.


If the spouse or common-law partner is the eligible refugee claimant but died from COVID-19 in Canada, the widow or the widower can still apply for the Health-care Workers Permanent Residence Pathway - as long as they and their family members are admissible in Canada and have been staying in Canada since August 14, 2020. 

About the process

If you meet the eligibility criteria, you can apply for permanent residence. Once we get your application, we’ll

  • check that your application is complete and that you’re eligible to apply
  • advise the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) that you’ve applied so they can put your pending refugee claim on hold
  • refer your case to the Ministère de l’Immigration, de la Francisation et de l’Intégration du Québec (MIFI), if you plan to live in Quebec => they will review your work experience and inform us of their decision
  • check that you meet the required work experience

If we confirm you’re eligible and that you have the work experience:

  • any removal order you’re under will be stayed until we make a final decision on your application
  • we’ll invite you and your family members to complete medical examinations & pass our criminal and security checks
  • we’ll inform you of our decision when we're done processing your application

Note: Apply separately to extend an expiring work or study permit

If you have any questions about The Health-Care Workers Permanent Residence Pathway or need help with your application, we encourage you to contact us and our team will gladly help you.  

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