Dependants outside Canada – Out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA)

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 following updated instructions took effect on July 30, 2021.

For the purposes of in-Canada processing, accompanying dependants are listed on the application and either reside in Canada or reside outside Canada but will join the applicant if permanent resident status is received.

Accompanying dependants

For applications under the Temporary public policy to further facilitate permanent resident status for out-of-status construction workers in the Greater Toronto Area (GTA) with accompanying dependants overseas, the primary office will do the following:

Non-accompanying dependants

For non-accompanying dependants overseas, a processing office in Canada will assess their admissibility (medical and, where necessary, criminality and security) and contact the principal applicant directly with instructions or to request additional information. If an officer in Canada requires local knowledge to evaluate admissibility, they will send an email to the visa office to request the information. Visa offices do not examine non-accompanying dependent children.

See Accompanying dependent children of applicants under the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class for further information on the assessment of dependants, including

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