New pathway to permanent residency recognizes exceptional service of asylum claimants on front lines of COVID-19 pandemic

Date Announced:

August 14, 2020

Active Period:

December 14, 2020 until August 31, 2021.


This temporary measure provides a pathway to permanent residency for asylum 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.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Refugee claimants


health care sector | permanent residence

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