IRCC announces opening date of special measures for refugee claimants working in health care during the pandemic

Date Announced:

December 14, 2020

Active Period:

December 14, 2020 until August 31, 2021.


Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada will begin accepting applications for permanent residence from refugee claimants who work in Canada’s health care sector and provide direct care to patients. Two temporary public policies have since been developed—one for refugees living in Canada outside Quebec, and the other for refugee claimants residing in Quebec. Under the Canada-Quebec Accord, Quebec has sole responsibility for the selection of economic immigrants and resettled refugees destined to the province.

Further to the criteria to qualify announced in August, and in recognition that there may be refugee claimants who contracted COVID-19 and subsequently passed away, spouses and common-law partners of these individuals who are in Canada and arrived before August 14, 2020, may also be granted permanent residence under this public policy.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Refugee claimants


caregivers | common-law partners | health care sector | spouses | permanent residence applicants | Quebec.

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