Pathway to permanent residence: In-Canada families of Canadian victims of recent air disasters – Receiving the application

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

To be considered eligible for processing, applications must be complete.

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All applications made under the public policy shall be submitted to IRCC’s Humanitarian Migration Office in Vancouver (HM-V).

The temporary public policy will be in effect from May 12, 2021, until May 11, 2022. Applications must be received on or before the date the public policy expires.

Note: To facilitate identification at intake, when sending in applications, applicants will label their envelopes as follows:

“Victims of air disasters public policy – VAD”


Applicants are required to submit their complete application, including all mandatory forms and fees, to the intake office.

The application must be submitted in accordance with the requirements specified in section 10 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR).

If the application is incomplete, it will be returned as per section R12.

Following a positive completeness check, HM-V will send an acknowledgment of receipt to the applicant and create an application in the Global Case Management System (GCMS).

Pending applications under humanitarian and compassionate considerations

Applicants who have a pending application for permanent residence under humanitarian and compassionate considerations for which no eligibility decision has been made and who wish to have their application considered under the temporary public policy may do so. They will need to

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