Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP): Pre-departure services provided by the International Organization for Migration (IOM)

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

The International Organization for Migration (IOM) provides pre-departure services to Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot (EMPP) applicants (similar to resettled refugees) who are seeking IOM assistance, as indicated by the applicant on the Pre-arrival facilitations form.

Support provided at no cost to the applicant (covered by IRCC):

Support provided under the Immigration Loans Program (ILP) for IOM services:

EMPP applicants will pay a fee to receive the following services from IOM. This can be covered under the Immigration Loans Program (ILP) – Transportation loans or paid for directly by clients before they enter Canada. The type of services that may be covered include:

Note: The costs related to the pre-departure medical services (PDMS), including Immigration Medical Exams (IMEs), are covered under the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) for EMPP-eligible clients.

Note: IOM does not provide biometric-related services to EMPP applicants. See Biometrics for EMPP for more information.

Note: EMPP applicants who choose to use travel services provided by IOM have the option to pay for these services directly. They are not required to access an ILP Transportation Loan to access these services. Officers should verify local IOM offices’ payment processing capacity if applicants wish to pay for travel services directly without a loan.

IOM services requested by EMPP applicant

If an applicant indicates on the Pre-arrival facilitations form that they require IOM services to assist them, the officer should

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