extended families of Afghan interpreters

IRCC introduces a new pathway to PR for extended families of Afghan interpreters

Update – December 9, 2021: The application process for extended families of Afghan interpreters is now open.

IRCC is introducing a new pathway to permanent residence for extended family members of Afghan interpreters who immigrated under the 2009 and 2012 policies.

In 2009 and 2012, the Government of Canada introduced special measures for Afghan nationals who served as local staff. This includes interpreters in direct support of Canada’s combat mission in Kandahar.

The new pathway will be in effect as of December 9, 2021. However, members can start to prepare their applications in advance. Just be aware that some forms will only be available when the pathway opens.

Who can apply?

Extended family members of Afghan interpreters will be eligible for immigration into Canada if they:

  • are an Afghan national;
  • are staying outside of Canada at the time of the application;
  • were in Afghanistan on or after July 22, 2021;
  • are a child  (regardless of age), grandchild, parent, grandparent, or sibling of someone who has already been granted permanent residency in Canada under the 2009 or 2012 public policies;
  • can provide a “statutory declaration” from a former interpreter already in Canada;
  • can also provide identification (if not, they can provide a statutory declaration attesting to the applicant’s identity); and,
  • filled out the online forms for entry.

Of course, these are just some of the requirements, additional information regarding the process will be available on the IRCC website.

In addition to these new measures, we continue to prioritize applications of Afghan nationals who are in the process of sponsoring their immediate family members overseas, and dependents of protected persons abroad. Said IRCC in a newsletter.

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