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Canada to introduce a new pilot for the family reunification


Sponsorship applications for some family members who were previously banned from obtaining permanent residence under Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations will be allowed under a new two-year pilot. This was announced by Canada’s Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Ahmed Hussen. The pilot concerns non-accompanying family members who were not declared and therefore were not examined by immigration authorities when the sponsor applied for Canadian permanent residence. These family members have been ineligible for a Family Class sponsorship under Section 117(9)(d) of Canada’s Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. This lifetime ban has long been a source of controversy, with the Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) calling it “a significant barrier” to family reunification in Canada. Hussen said the federal government recognizes that the regulation was unfair. #Family_sponsorship

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