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Staying Safe Won’t Affect Your Immigration Application 

If you’re taking the steps the government has suggested because of the COVID-19 outbreak (self-isolation, etc.), this will NOT impact your immigration applications currently being processed by their office, or applications currently being processed federally for permanent residency. They will also be considerate of the program requirements and COVID-19 measures will not impact your eligibility (reduced hours or a break in employment) for new applicants. The government fully understands all measures are outside of your control and the reduction in work hours and availability will be considered.

Employment Insurance and Sickness Benefits

Temporary Foreign Workers are eligible to apply to Employment Social Development Canada for benefits (EI and Sick) if they meet eligibility criteria. If you don’t have access to sick benefits or the ability to work from home with your company, you can apply here.

Expiring Work Permits

If your work permit is expiring between now and June 30, 2020, they are accepting applications and processing the file to avoid further disruption in work. This is being considered an essential service. These workers will need to register with Immigration New Brunswick (INB), and you should coordinate with your employers so that applications will be prepared and submitted ASAP.


Your employers can request the processing/essential service for you as a foreign worker. They need to provide an email to noting in the subject line “Essential Service Request – [Company Name]”, and providing your name, date of birth and a copy of your expiring work permit.