Canada Plans to Introduce a Two-Year Pilot for Excluded Family Members

June 01, 2019
Sponsorship applications for the family members who were ineligible in the past from getting permanent residence under Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations will be permissible in the new pilot. It will run for two years, as per the announcement of Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, Canada.

Canada Plans to Introduce a Two-Year Pilot for Excluded Family Members

Soft Approach

The pilot covers those non-accompanying members of the family who were undeclared and not examined by the immigration officials when the sponsor submitted the application seeking permanent residence in Canada. These members were ineligible for sponsorship in Family Class as per Section 117(9) (d) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.

This ban was controversial for a long time. Additionally, the Canadian Council for Refugees called it a noteworthy barrier for family reunification in the country. The CCR also said that this Regulation was the source of disproportionate negative effect on many refugees and also many helpless migrants who did not disclose a family member. Hussen agreed that the federal government observes that this regulation was unfair.

The Effect

Newcomers who did not declare close family members when they first arrived in Canada could not sponsor them. Today, this anomaly was rectified. 

IRCC has the definition of a sponsor under the pilot as a resettled refugee, or that person who gets refugee protection in the country, or those who were sponsored as a spouse, dependent child, or partner. The pilot will have a run from Sep 9, 2019, to Sep 9, 2021. Furthermore, IRCC said that the applications already in the process will receive the benefit.

New Measures 

Beginning from June 4, IRCC will permit migrant workers having the employer-specific work permit existing in an abusive situation at jobs to seek an open work permit. This will permit immigrant workers to depart from that employer straight away. Also, they can maintain their status and also find a different job, as per IRCC. IRCC plans to introduce changes allowing such newcomers who experience family violence to seek the temporary resident permit (fee-exempt) from July 26th. The permit will grant legal status to these individuals in Canada and offer them a work permit as well as healthcare coverage.

IRCC will accelerate such applications for permanent residence that are filed on humanitarian/compassionate grounds from persons facing family violence in an urgent manner.


No worker will lose their job when there is a case of mistreatment at a place of work. All partners need not worry regarding losing their status of immigration and can also escape from abuse, he stated.
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