IRCC Special Programs Supporting Afghan Nationals

Lisa C. Citizenship & Immigration, Updates

Canada has announced the resettlement of up to 20,000 vulnerable Afghan nationals to Canada. This will be done through two special programs run by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Immigration program for Afghans who assisted the Government of Canada. Eligibility criteria:
  • you’re an Afghan national and your employment involved a significant and/or enduring relationship with the Government of Canada, which could be, but is not limited to
  • interpreters who worked with the Canadian Armed Forces
  • local staff who currently or used to work at the Embassy of Canada to Afghanistan
  • you or your eligible family members were in Afghanistan on or after July 22, 2021 (the date this special program started)
  • you’re not inadmissible to Canada
Humanitarian program for Afghan nationals in need of resettlement. Eligibility criteria:
  • Group 1: You may be eligible for this program if you’re an Afghan national, you’re outside of Afghanistan and you don’t have a durable solution in a third country.
  • Group 2: You may be eligible for this program if you’re an extended family member of someone who helped the Government of Canada and has already been resettled to Canada. This includes family members who are still in Afghanistan.
You don’t need to currently be in Afghanistan or return to Afghanistan to be eligible or to have your application processed.

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Durable: able to withstand pressure, long-lasting

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