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.
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:
- electronically issue medical instructions for the dependants via the principal applicant
- contact the principal applicant to request any missing civil documents or police certificates for overseas dependants
- add the responsible visa office as a secondary office and upload into the Global Case Management System (GCMS)
- police certificates
- birth certificates
- adoption orders
- other civil documents, including documentation relating to custody and guardianship
- after uploading all documentation required to conduct an assessment, send an email to the visa office asking them to examine the family members
- monitor GCMS to determine if the visa office has completed the assessment
- make a final decision about the eligibility and admissibility of the primary applicant and dependants after the visa office completes its analysis
- send a ready for visa letter on the visa office’s letterhead to the dependants—or their representative—instructing them to submit a passport-sized photograph and (if a visa is required) their passport to the visa office
- in GCMS, enter a final decision for the applicant and accompanying family members and ensure that the controlled document record is in the correct print queue to allow the visa office to create the Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and, if applicable, a visa counterfoil
- verify and update passport and client information
- generate, print and issue the COPR and, if applicable, a visa counterfoil
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
- who qualifies as a dependant
- lock-in age
- GCMS coding
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