Applicants must be family members of Canadian citizens or permanent residents, who must agree to support them for one year, reiterated the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada (IRCC).
Those selected will receive integration services, including “an evaluation of their employability and a referral to a settlement service provider organization in their community.”
Similarly, applicants who receive approval “may receive transitional financial assistance.”
It is important to note that applicants must plan to live outside of Quebec, as this province has chosen not to “participate in the program,” as announced by IRCC. At RCI we are preparing a report on this topic to be published this week.
Canadian Immigration Minister Marc Miller said in a press release that “we are determined to continue our humanitarian tradition and support those in need.”
“Providing safe and legal pathways for refugees to start a new life in Canada not only fulfills that commitment, but also strengthens our country through the profound contributions that bags make.” -ohan their communities, including growing our economy and filling gaps in the labor market,” he added.
“The new humanitarian pathway offers an alternative to irregular migration north through Central America for some people displaced by political, social and economic instability,” reads a statement from Immigration Canada. .
Remember that last year, more than 39,000 asylum seekers entered Canada through unofficial routes, mostly in Quebec via the Roxham road.
About the program
To present their candidacy, interested parties must:
- Have Colombian, Haitian or Venezuelan nationality
- Live in Mexico, Central America, South America or the Caribbean
- Be a spouse, common-law partner, child (regardless of age), grandchild, parent, grandparent or sibling of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is willing and able to support your application (an “anchor “)
- Plan to live outside of Quebec
- Have a valid passport or acceptable travel or identification document
- Members of your immediate family (dependent child under 22, spouse or common-law partner) may be included in your application.
To be the “anchor” of the family member
On its website, IRCC explains that to be an “anchor”, one must be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, over 18 years of age. You must live in Canada, outside of the province of Quebec.
Also, you should:
- Not subject to an eviction order
- Cannot be confined in any penitentiary, prison, reformatory or jail
- Has not been convicted in Canada of an offense of murder or of one of the offenses listed in Schedule I or II of the Penitentiary and Parole Act, or outside of Canada of an equivalent offence, regardless of whether he has been charged , if five years have not passed since the completion of the sentence or failed to fulfill any sponsorship commitment or any obligation to pay support ordered by or registered in a court.
- Not in arrears in payment of any debts referred to in section 145 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act payable to Her Majesty in right of Canada
- Not declared bankrupt under the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Act
- Not receiving social assistance for reasons other than disability
- Not receiving any financial compensation from the foreigner or from accompanying family members.
To apply, interested parties should do so through the IRCC website. They must present an affidavit from the anchor person in Canada. Forms are available in English and French.