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Canada s New Pilot Program to Boost Family Reunification and Protect Abused Migrants

March 26 , 2020 By Rajneesh Kumar

New Pilot Program For Family Members Previously Excluded From Canada

Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen, has announced the launch of a new two-year pilot. As per this new pilot plan, sponsorship applications will be accepted for those family members who were banned previously from obtaining a PR visa under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

This pilot program is designed for those non-accompanying family members who were not officially declared and examined by immigration authorities when the sponsor has applied for Canadian PR visa.

Ahmed Hussen at a Canadian Bar Association conference in Winnipeg also said, “Newcomers who failed to declare immediate family members as they first came to Canada were barred to sponsor them (later). Today, we right that wrong.”

As per section 117(9)(d) of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, those family members were not eligible for a Family Class sponsorship. In fact, the Canadian Council for Refugees named it as “a significant barrier” for family reunification in Canada.

The pilot is set to run from 9th September 2019 to 9the September 2021 and IRCC also stated that those applications which are already in process will be definitely benefited.

Announced New Measures for Vulnerable Family Members And Workers

From 4th June 2019, IRCC will open application for an open work permit for those migrant workers who have an employer-specific work permit and are in an abusive employment situation. IRCC said, “This will allow migrant workers to leave that employer immediately, maintain their status and find another job.”

IRCC will also introduce a few alterations, allowing new immigrants who experience family violence to easily apply for a fee-exempt temporary resident permit from 26th July 2019. With this permit, they get a Canadian legal status along with a work permit and health care facility.

IRCC is also set to accelerate the application screening process for permanent residents who have filed on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.

The immigration department said that it has issued a total of 100 open work permits to those migrant workers who were abused in Alberta and British Columbia over a six-year period under this pilot program.

Migrant advocates said that issuing open work permits for workers who are experiencing abuse is a great step, but it clearly fails to define the exact abuse or specify how appeals or decisions will be made.

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