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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

New measures to support Afghan nationals in Canada were introduced by Ottawa


New measures to support Afghan nationals in Canada were introduced by Ottawa

The government of Canada approved the “Temporary Public Policy for Afghan Nationals in Canada” on February 4, 2022.


Afghan refugees in Canada with valid temporary resident status are no longer required to pay the fees associated with their work permit or study permit applications, as well as their biometrics fees. However, a remission order is required for the application fees of those who applied between August 4, 2021, and December 23, 2021.


In addition, the application fees of eligible Afghan nationals have also been waived between August 4, 2021, and December 31, 2022.


You may be eligible for priority processing if you are:


  • Afghan citizens outside Canada who are immediate family members of Canadian citizens, persons registered under the Indian Act, or Canadian permanent residents and have made or will make

  • a family class application for permanent residence or

  • an application for temporary residence

  • protected persons applications for permanent residence received from Afghan citizens where the spouse or partner and any children are currently residing outside of Canada

  • dependants of resettled Afghan refugees

  • Afghan citizens who are applying for an open work permit from within Canada and who hold a temporary resident permit valid for a minimum of 6 months (exemption code H82)

It is important to know that applicants with expired medicals may be eligible for a reassessment in accordance with permanent residence: COVID-19 program delivery. Therefore, the client will be required to undergo a medical exam upon arrival in Canada for new applications or reassessments of existing medicals that cannot be completed.



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