In a new development, the Canadian government has made an encouraging declaration for the country’s temporary residents trying to get the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB).
The government has said that these residents will no longer require to provide proof of a valid work permit to receive the CERB. Nor will they have to give proof of the renewal of an expiring permit.
A directive was sent in this regard to the Employment and Social Development Canada officials. It’s their job to review and approve CERB applications. CERB is a temporary social security program for Canadian residents who are affected and unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the new rule, the agents of the Canadian government will no longer need to receive proof of a valid Canada work permit visa via email. It will suffice to get a confirmation verbally from the applicant.
This move by Canada is in the interest of international students and foreigners who work in Canada. The thoughtful step will encourage the beneficiaries to stay back in Canada.
The Canadian government is thus simplifying the application process for CERB and effectively speeding it up too. Those immigrants in grave need for financial support will now get help faster in this time of crisis owing to COVID-19.
In recent times, the government of Canada has made many funding announcements in the wake of the pandemic. The benefits have been made available to temporary residents including temporary workers and foreign students. CERB is a glowing instance of such initiatives.
To be eligible for the CERB benefit, the temporary residents and international students must meet the criteria expected of Canadian citizens. Temporary residents must also have a valid Social Insurance Number.
Through CERB, eligible workers will get $500 per week till 16 weeks. This income support will also benefit international students who are eligible.
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