Temporary Public Policy 1 Health Care Workers

On April 14, 2021, the Government of Canada announced a temporary policy which would open pathways to permanent residence for over 90,000 essential workers and international graduates who are currently contributing to the Canadian economy. This new government initiative has three proposed paths:

  1. Health Care Workers
  2. Essential Workers
  3. International Graduates

This new government initiative will run from May 6, 2021 to November 6, 2021, or once all 90,000 positions have been filled. In this first of three-part blog, we will look at the path to permanent residence for Health Care Workers.

Eligibility Requirements

Are you a Health Care Worker and have been employed in Canada for a minimum of one-year during the last three years? If the answer is ‘Yes’, then this may be the program for you.

To qualify in this stream, you must meet the following requirements:

  1. Have one (1) year of full-time work experience OR 1,560 hours of part-time experience in Canada in an eligible occupation in the last three years.
  2. Must be employed in Canada.
  3. Must be a worker earning paid wages or earning commission, and not self-employed. However, you can be self-employed if you are working as a medical doctor in a fee-for-service arrangement with a health authority.
  4. Receive a score of 4 or higher in all language skill areas as set out in the Canadian Language Benchmark, within the last two years.
  5. Have a valid temporary resident status in Canada (or be eligible to restore status)
  6. Be physically present in Canada at the time of the application and when the application is approved.
  7. Plan to reside in Canada in a province other than Québec.
  8. Not have anything that would make you otherwise inadmissible.

Eligible Work

So, you’re employed in Canada in the Health Care sector, and have one year of full-time experience or 1,560 hours of part-time experience. But you’re wondering if your job is an “eligible occupation” under this program.

Under the Health Care Workers stream, most health-related occupations are acceptable. However, veterinarians and animal health technologists and veterinary technicians are not accepted.

Some of the occupations that are permitted under this category include:

  • Registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses
  • Physicians
  • Dentists
  • Optometrists
  • Denturists
  • Chiropractors
  • Pharmacists
  • Message therapists
  • Social Workers
  • Social and Community Service Workers
  • Home support Workers

Application Process

If you meet all the requirements, you may be wondering, “How do I apply?” With Akrami and Associates, we can help you make this simple.

The first step is to collect all the documentation necessary for the application. Next, you must complete all of the necessary forms for the application. Once the forms are completed and you have the required documentation, you will need to apply online and pay the required government fees.

Your application must be received by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada by November 6, 2021. If any application is received after this date, then it will not be processed.

Tips and Advice

Start collecting your documents NOW.

Test centres for the language requirement are filling up quickly. To take advantage of this program, you will want to book your language test as soon as possible to ensure that you will have the results by the time the program closes.

If you don’t have a year of full-time work, you will need to be able to demonstrate that you have 1,560 hours of part-time experience during the last three years.

Contact Akrami and Associates. This program is only available until November 6, 2021 or until all 90,000 openings have been filled up. This is a short timeline with many moving parts. It can be a time-consuming and confusing process due to all the requirements, fees, and steps to be taken. It’s not just about obtaining the required documentation and filling out the forms. You also need to understand the process and the way Immigration Canada looks at Permanent Resident applications. To ensure you have the highest chance of success, you must go above and beyond what is simply required.

At Akrami and Associates, our representatives understand the process, the challenges and difficulties that come with any immigration application. They are highly trained and experience and can guide you through the process from start to finish to ensure that everything is completed properly, in order, and on time. We have handled many different forms of Permanent Resident applications with high success rates, and will ensure you have the best possible chances of success,

Contact Akrami and Associates

If you have any questions or personal inquiries, please do not hesitate to contact us at 416-477-2545 to book a consultation. Remember, with Akrami and Associates, there’s always a way!

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