Canada Government Introduces A Two-year Pilot Program For Life Times Sponsorship Ban ApplicantsPosted On: Tue, Sep 10 2019
The Canadian Government introduces a new two-year pilot program that will allow sponsorship applications for certain family members who would normally be banned from obtaining permanent residence under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. The pilot will remain in effect from September 9, 2019, to September 9, 2021.
This pilot program is for non-accompanying family members who were not examined and in some cases were not even declared when a foreign national applied for Canadian Permanent Residence which normally results in a lifetime ban from sponsoring the family members.
These regulations require that foreign nationals applying for a permanent residence declare all their family members (spouse, common-law partner, dependent children, and dependent child of a dependent child) and have them examined by an immigration official even if they are not accompanying the principal applicant to Canada.
The pilot program will make possible for the “most vulnerable populations” affected by the ban who meet the following conditions:
- The foreign national has applied as a spouse or as a common-law partner in the Spouse or Common-law Partner in Canada class or as a spouse, common-law partner or dependent child under the Family Class.
- The foreign national has a sponsor who:
- applied for and was granted permanent residence status as a convention refugee or a person in similar circumstances or
- was granted permanent residence after being deemed a protected person
- was determined to be a Family Class Member and was granted permanent residence as a sponsored spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, or dependent child: or
- was determined to be a member of the Spouse or Common-law Partner in Canada class
The Pilot Program does not apply if the sponsor was granted permanent residence under Canada’s Economic Class or any other immigration category.
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