IRCC announced the date of the new immigration program for refugees working in healthcare during the pandemic


On December 9, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released the starting date of the new immigration program for refugee claimants who work in the national healthcare industry during the pandemic of the COVID-19. The Immigration Department will start accepting applications on December 14, 2020. This temporary program was first announced on August 14, as a gesture to express Canada’s gratitude for refugees who took the frontline positions at medical facilities in Canada. IRCC further allowed to include into PR applications spouses and common-law partners of these refugees who are in Canada and entered the country before August 14, 2020. IRCC will accept such PR applications until August 31, 2021.