Canada Announces Fast-Tracking Of Caregiver Permanent Residence Applications

April 16, 2021

Canada Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino announced on Thursday a plan to fast-track the permanent residence applications of caregivers during the pandemic.

“Immigrant caregivers, who take care of our families and elders, are often separated from their own families, and the pandemic has significantly slowed down permanent residence application processing, keeping them apart from their families longer than we would have hoped,” said Mendicino. 

“With today’s announcement, we’re getting caregiver immigration back on track which will help reunite front-line heroes with their loved ones.”

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) processing times have bogged down during the pandemic and this plan is intended to speed up the processing of caregiver applications.

Under this new policy which takes effect May 3, the permanent residence applications of up to 6,000 caregivers who have finished their in-Canada work experience – and their immediate family members – are being tagged as high-priorities to be processed by the end of this year.

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