The permanent residency pathway for Canadian health-care staff is for those who have worked in the country’s health-care sector. Applicants for this program must meet certain requirements in order to obtain permanent residency, such as working for a certain number of hours and having experience in specific occupations. You may also be asked to communicate directly with patients for medical reasons.

You are entitled to mention your family members who live in Canada in your application, but they must meet all of the conditions for permanent residency in terms of health, finances, and criminal records.

In addition, if you want to support family members who live outside of Canada, you must announce them on your form or application. Also, if a refugee applicant contracted COVID-19 in Canada and died as a result, their spouse or common-law partner is eligible to apply.

If you want to live in Quebec, the road to permanent residency for health-care employees in Canada is slightly different.

For refuge claimants who served in the health-care sector during the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal government has opened a new road to permanent residency. For people who live in Quebec, the route is slightly different.

Source: Claimants Health Care

To be eligible to apply:

  • You must be a pending or failed refugee claimant living in Canada.
  • You must have been issued a work permit after you made your refugee claim.
  • You must have the required work experience in specific jobs in Canada’s health-care sector.
  • You must meet Quebec’s immigration and work experience requirements if you plan to live there.
Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

This application process is for qualifying refugee claimants who had direct patient health-care during the COVID-19 pandemic to apply for permanent residence.

  1. Check your eligibility
  2. Gather and fill the required documents
  3. Pay your fees
  4. Submit your application
  5. Your application is processed and a decision is given
  6. Give your biometrics
  7. Receive final approval
  8. Receive PR card

IRCC will advise the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) to place your pending refugee claim on hold after you apply for this procedure.

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada
Fees $CAN
Your application

Processing fee ($550) and right of permanent residence fee ($500)

Your application (without right of permanent residence fee) 550
Include your spouse or partner

Processing fee ($550) and right of permanent residence fee ($500)

Include your spouse or partner (without right of permanent residence fee) 550
Include a dependent child 150(per child)

If you or your family need to give biometrics, pay your biometrics fees at the same time you pay your other fees. Make sure you pay using the same payment method.

Biometrics (if required)
Fees $CAN
Biometrics – per person 85
Biometrics – per family (2 or more people)

Maximum fee for a family of 2 or more people applying at the same time and place

Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Things that may delay your application.

In some cases, it may take us longer to process your application if:

  • your family situation is complex (for example, divorce, adoption or child custody issues are unresolved)
  • our processing office has to contact other offices in Canada or abroad to verify the information in your application
Source: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada