BREAKING NEWS: The Canadian government opens a new temporary residence path for Palestinians in Gaza with relatives in Canada

Starting today, this new temporary resident (TR) route is being implemented to help extended family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents (PRs) in Gaza find “temporary safe haven” in Canada.

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Expanding on measures first announced in December and enacted by the Canadian government to support the extended family of Canadians in the region, the federal government says extended family members of Palestinian Canadians will now be eligible for temporary residency through of this new way.

These relatives of canadian citizens and the PRs include:

  • Spouses and de facto partners
  • Children and grandchildren
  • Siblings
  • parents and grandparents

Additionally, immediate family members of any of the above groups (spouse, common-law partner, dependent child, and dependent child of a dependent child) will also be eligible through this new route. Temporary resident visas issued through this program will be valid for up to three years or until the validity of the applicant’s passport.

Note: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship of Canada (IRCC) clarifies that applicants for this and other special humanitarian measures “will still need to meet all admissibility requirements, including biometric data, before they can be approved to come to Canada.”

What happens once eligible people arrive in Canada?

The IRCC has already begun to outline what will happen once family members of Canadians eligible for this new TR pathway arrive in Canada.

According to today’s press release, eligible TRs “can apply for a fee-exempt study permit or an open work permit under the measures already announced” once they land in Canada.

“This will help them better stay in Canada while the crisis…continues,” the IRCC says.

Additionally, Canada’s immigration department notes that TRs arriving in Canada through this new route will receive “three months of medical coverage under the Interim Federal Health Program” to help address any urgent medical needs upon arrival.

Additionally, TRs will also have access to “settlement services such as language training and support to connect with the labor market and local community,” according to the IRCC press release.

The above measures will be in effect until January 9, 2025, or until 1,000 temporary resident visa applications have been received and being processed, whichever comes first, although the government has also stated that it will closely monitor the situation in accordance with the volumes of requests. , to better address immigration solutions as needed. The IRCC has also stated that, where possible, it will prioritize the processing of existing permanent residency applications from Palestinians within family streams.

Additionally, IRCC has established a dedicated service channel for those both in Canada and abroad, at +1-613-321-4243, and collect calls are accepted.

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