Ottawa extended the pilot program, allowing more families to reunion
Ottawa extended the pilot program, allowing more families to reunite Foreign nationals applying for Canadian immigration must declare and examine all family members, even if they are not accompanying them. Failing to report non-accompanying members may lead to a sponsorship ban under specific regulations.
To address this, a temporary pilot project was introduced on May 31, 2019, and extended until September 10, 2023, to facilitate further analysis and potential regulation changes.
On October 30, 2023, the Government of Canada extended the pilot program exempting certain family class and the spouse or common-law partners in Canada class permanent residence applicants from paragraph R117(9)(d) or R125(1)(d) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR).
About the pilot program exempting certain family class and the spouse or common-law partners in Canada
Foreign nationals who want to come to Canada have to register and have all of their family members (spouse or common-law partner, and children) examined, even if they are not accompanying the principal applicant.
Failure to have a non-accompanying family member examined results in a lifelong exclusion from promoting that person under the family or spouse or common-law partner in Canada (SCLPC) classes, according to paragraphs R117(9)(d) or R125(1)(d) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR).
To address potential concerns about the impact of this provision on families, the Government of Canada announced a two-year pilot project through a temporary public policy to facilitate the immigration of certain sponsored foreign nationals who are excluded under paragraph R117(9)(d) or R125(1)(d). This public policy was announced by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship on May 31, 2019, and was originally scheduled to be in effect from September 9, 2019, to September 9, the year 2020. It was later extended for an additional three years and was started on September 10, 2023, to allow for more time to conduct additional analysis and pursue potential regulatory changes.
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