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Pathway To Canadian Permanent Residency for Asylum Claimants on Front lines of COVID-19 Pandemic.

Hello guys, we have good news for you, yes good news!!

According to the Canadian Government, front-line workers play a critical role in keeping Canadians healthy. In recognition of their exceptional service, the Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on behalf of the Canadian Government, announced a temporary measure that will provide a pathway to permanent residency for asylum(refugee) 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. Quebec will select those qualifying for this special measure who wish to reside in Quebec. This approach recognizes those with precarious immigration status who are filling an urgent need and putting their own lives at risk to care for others in Canada.

As with all applicants for humanitarian and compassionate consideration, and in line with the government’s commitment to family reunification, in-Canada family members of the principal applicant would be included in the application and granted permanent residency, if the application is approved. Those who have been found ineligible to make an asylum claim, or who have withdrawn or abandoned their claims, would be excluded from applying.

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 (for example, hospitals, long-term care homes, home care through an organization or agency, assisted living facilities)

-Have worked in a designated occupation for no less than 120 hours between March 13, 2020 and August 14, 2020. The designated occupations that are included in this special measure are orderlies, nurses, nurses’ aides and patient service associates, assistant orderlies and certain home support workers.

-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.

-Have a Certificat de sélection du Québec (CSQ), if wishing to reside in Quebec

Meet existing admissibility requirements, including those related to criminality, security and health

The government is still working on how the applications will be processed but if you or anyone you know is interested in this program, you can reach out to us so we can assess your eligibility, see if you qualify and then start preparing the supporting documents necessary to prove your eligibility so you are ready to submit your application as soon as the Government starts accepting applications.

For any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to us.

Tel: (289)374-6334 Email: Whatsapp: (365)778-2855


About The Author

Olayinka Ogundipe is a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant with Arborway Immigration Inc a Canadian Immigration Firm located in the GTA. He is a member in good standing with The Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC), which is the Canadian government mandated supervisory, licensing and regulatory body for all Canadian Immigration Consultants and also an Ontario appointed Commissioner of Affidavit on Immigration, Citizenship and Refugee matters.You can follow him on Facebook @ArborwayImmigration, Instagram @ArborwayImmigration & LinkedIn @ArborwayImmigration

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