Canada initiated a humanitarian pathway for Colombian, Haitian, and Venezuelan nationals
On November 17, 2023, Canada responded to the global migration crisis by announcing a humanitarian pathway to provide residence to 15,000 displaced people from the Western Hemisphere. The pathway, open to Colombian, Haitian, and Venezuelan nationals with family ties in Canada, offers safe migration, pre-arrival services, and potential financial assistance.
Additionally, Canada plans to welcome 4,000 more individuals through existing worker programs. These actions aim to alleviate migration pressures and offer alternatives to irregular migration due to instability. Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will monitor and adjust the program as necessary.
What are the eligibility Requirements for this humanitarian pathway?
You must meet the following requirements to be eligible to apply:
- You must be a Colombian, Haitian, or Venezuelan national
- Mexico, Central or South America, or the Caribbean
- be a spouse, common-law partner, parent, grandparent, or sibling of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is willing and eligible to support your application (an “anchor”)
- Plan to live anywhere outside of Quebec
- have a valid passport or eligible travel or identity document
As an anchor, you are responsible for assisting the applicant in settling into their new life in Canada and providing support to them and their family members for a year.
To be an anchor, you must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is at least 18 years old. You must be a Canadian citizen who lives outside of Quebec.
If you meet the eligibility requirements and intend to settle permanently in Canada outside of Quebec, you may apply through the Permanent Residence pathway for Colombian, Haitian, and Venezuelan nationals.
More US citizens immigrate to Canada
Based on the latest statistics from the US Department of State, around 1 million US citizens reside in Canada. Many Americans relocate to Canada yearly for various reasons, including a strong job market, excellent post-secondary education, affordable healthcare, streamlined immigration policies, and political stability.
The job market attracts professionals seeking career advancement, while students are drawn to the quality and affordability of Canadian universities. While not entirely free, the public healthcare system is more accessible than in the US, and the country’s immigration policies, including Express Entry and Provincial Nominee Programs, are attractive to skilled workers and professionals.
Finally, Canada’s political and social stability appeals to those seeking a secure environment.
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