Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
Canada is accepting family members of Afghan interpreters
The government of Canada introduced a new update on March 8, 2022, regarding the pathway to permanent residence (PR) for extended family members of Afghan interpreters who immigrated to Canada under previous public policies implemented in 2009 and 2012. These family members worked for or assisted the Canadian government or Armed Forces during that time.
The application process of Afghan nationals opened on December 9, 2021, and it still continues. All PR applications submitted by the Afghan interpreters under this public policy have to be sent by mail to the Centralized Intake Office (CIO) in the Centralized Network.
Under the public policy, family members of Afghan interpreters who have been previously granted permanent residence as the principal applicant are eligible for permanent residence. Therefore, the principal applicant must list all family members living inside and outside Canada on their application for permanent residence, whether accompanying or not.
Also, they can choose which family members they want to accompany them. However, accompanying family members must meet the following eligibility requirements:
The principal applicant under this public policy included them as an accompanying family member in their application for permanent residence
They meet the definition of family member in subsection R1(3)
They hold a document listed in subsection R50(1), or if they are unable to obtain a document listed in subsection R50(1), they provide a document described in subsections R178(1) and R178(2)
The delegated officer has determined that the principal applicant meets all eligibility requirements to be issued a permanent resident visa pursuant to this public policy