In a press statement, the country’s Minister for Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship- Ahmed Hussein launched the two-year pilot for qualified family members courtesy of Public Policy early this year. The lifetime ban is said to be an unworthy cause because children were involved. They needed to be with their parents or guardians even if they are not dependent on them.

The underprivileged can now breathe a sigh of relief following the move. The pilot addresses their plight with a bias on conditions that:

  1. The foreign applicant has proven that they are related to the initial applicant by marriage or as a Common-Law partner, or a Common-Law Partner in Canada Class or a marriage partner. It can also apply when the Common-Law Partner or dependent child belongs to the Family Class.
  2. The foreign applicant obtains a recommendation from a sponsor who is authorized by the Convention refugee or a person who is facing the same predicament.
  3. The foreign national is categorized, under-protected persons.
  4. They are interested in being a member of the Family Class and has obtained recommendations from the sponsored spouse, common-in law partner, dependent child or conjugal partner.
  5. They are determined to be a member of the spouse or Common-In law partner in Canada Class and was authorized to be permanent residents by the sponsored spouse or the Common-In Law partner.

The pilot program may accommodate several options. However, the IRCC has stated that those who apply as permanent residents under Canada’s Economic Class or any other immigration body that does not honor the conditions may not qualify. They must ensure they follow all the protocols to avoid being disqualified or banned from applying any further. Those who will apply for a permanent residence between September 9, 2019, and September 9, 2021, will have an added advantage.

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