31 May 2019
The Canadian government has introduced a new two-year pilot for family members whose sponsorship applications were previously denied under Canada’s past immigration regulations.
It concerns family members who were never declared, and therefore never examined by immigration authorities when the sponsor applied for permanent residence.
Those family members had been ineligible for the Family Class Sponsorship stream, under Section 116(9)(d) of Canadian’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.
The ban has been criticized by the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR), calling it a “significant barrier” for family reunification in Canada.
“Newcomers who failed to declare immediate family members as they first came to Canada were barred to sponsor them. Today, we right that wrong,” said Ahmad Hussen, Minister of Immigration.
The pilot will run from September 9, 2019, to September 9, 2021.
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