Former protective care minors granted new permanent residency route

Former protective care minors granted new permanent residency route

In Ottawa on January 23, 2024, a pressing concern emerged regarding individuals who arrived in Canada as minors and were placed under the custody of child protection services but never secured permanent residency or citizenship. Despite their substantial ties to Canada and often minimal connections to their countries of birth, these individuals now find themselves at risk of deportation.

To address this critical issue, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has introduced a public policy offering a pathway to permanent residence for these vulnerable individuals. This policy, effective until January 21, 2027, aims to provide a lasting solution for those who have remained in limbo despite living in Canada for years due to their lack of permanent status.

This initiative builds upon measures implemented in the fall of 2023, which granted eligible individuals from child protection services temporary resident permits (TRPs) along with work or study permits. The introduction of TRPs alleviated the immediate threat of deportation, providing temporary relief for those affected. Now, as part of this new policy, individuals eligible for TRPs can transition to permanent residency, offering them stability and security in Canada.

This proactive approach underscores Canada’s commitment to ensuring fair and equitable access to its immigration system, particularly for individuals who arrived in the country as minors and faced unique challenges while under protective care. By providing a dedicated pathway to permanent residency, Canada aims to address the needs of these individuals and offer them a chance to fully integrate into Canadian society.

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What are the eligibility requirements for permanent residence?

  • Arrived in Canada before turning 19 years old.
  • Maintained continuous residency in Canada for at least 3 years before applying.
  • Maintained continuous residency in Canada since turning 19 years old (if currently over 19 years).
  • Been under the legal guardianship of a child and family services provider under a provincial or territorial government’s designated ministry for child protection for at least 1 year (cumulative).
  • Physically present in Canada at the time of application submission and when granted permanent residence.
  • Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec.
  • Have no serious criminal offenses committed outside of Canada or acts contrary to the principles of the United Nations.
  • Possess a valid passport, travel document, identity document, or statutory declaration.
  • Not be inadmissible to Canada.

Whom you can incorporate into your application?

Who is eligible to apply?

How to apply?

1. Check Your Eligibility:

2. Complete Forms and Gather Documents:

3. Mail Your Application:

How is your application handled by IRCC?

Use IRCC’s online tool to update your address.

Tracking your application

After receiving your acknowledgment of receipt letter containing your application number, you can monitor your application status using IRCC’s online tool, which is updated daily.

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