Sponsorship of undeclared family members: Canada starts the new pilot
The Canadian Government declares the launch of a new pilot – Sponsorship of undeclared family members
According to the IRCC website, for a number of reasons and as well as including lack of awareness or also lack of knowledge of a family member’s whereabouts in a conflict situation, many new immigrants to Canada have reportedly failed to declare some family members on their immigration application.
In general, when candidates submit an application to become permanent residents in Canada, they are informed to declare all their family members on their immigration application. This includes their spouse, common-law partner and as well as dependent children. The list also requires to note individuals who are not currently accompanying them to Canada.
However, due to some reasons like mentioned above, some applicants made their family members ineligible from being sponsored to come to Canada for life by not mentioning or including them in their application.
Therefore, in order to solve the situation and to address this unintended consequence, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship announced a new pilot a pilot whereby a resettled refugee, a person conferred refugee protection in Canada, or a person who was sponsored as a spouse, partner or dependent child themselves will now become eligible to sponsor their undeclared immediate family members (a spouse, partner or dependent child).
The new pilot, Sponsorship Of Undeclared Family Members, will start on September 9, 2019, and continue for 2 years.
It will promote family reunification and make sure that dependants who weren’t previously listed in their family member’s immigration application are not further penalized and barred from entering Canada. It will also allow a number of new immigrants to become a sponsor for their undeclared family members.
Please note that Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is limiting the eligibility of sponsors to those who immigrated to Canada as a resettled refugee, was granted refugee protection in Canada or were sponsored as a close family member To support program integrity and secure that this pilot project doesn’t make the system vulnerable to fraud and misrepresentation.
In addition, the candidates must still meet all qualification conditions and declare they’re admissible to Canada.