Canada announced a new permanent residence pathway for Afghan refugees and their families
On March 9, 2023, the Government of Canada announced a new permanent residence pathway for Afghan extended family members of former language and cultural advisors who helped Canada in Afghanistan. The application process is open for the mentioned Afghan nationals under a new temporary public policy.
To be eligible, candidates must have been employed by National Defence in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2021 and currently live in Canada, as the declaration confirming their residence is part of the application process.
In addition, all eligible applicants must meet security, criminality, and medical admissibility requirements.
The country conditions in which applicants actually live, our ability to process their application (including steps to complete security screening and collect biometrics), and whether applicants have the required travel documents all are factors that will affect how quickly approved applicants arrive in Canada.
The Canadian government is still firm in its commitment to welcome at least 40,000 refugees and Afghans who require protection. IRCC achieves this through a variety of programs, including:
- the Special Immigration Measures Program for Afghans who assisted the Government of Canada.
- a humanitarian program.
- a permanent residence pathway for extended family members of former interpreters.
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