Procedure: Expedited processing and vulnerable cases

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada staff. It is posted on the Department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

When an applicant requires expedited processing, the officer should interview them as quickly as circumstances permit. The officer should:

  • identify and process the person concerned speedily, in order to remove them as soon as possible from the milieu in which they are at risk. Medical instructions will be issued and the security check initiated at the time of interview. Medical officers and security liaison officers (SLO) should be informed that the process should be as expeditious as possible. If this cannot be done, a temporary resident permit is recommended for early admission.
  • send a message to the Resettlement Operations Centre in Ottawa (ROC-O) outlining the refugee applicant’s background, the reason they require expedited processing, the degree of urgency, possible resettlement difficulties and whether a joint assistance sponsorship is required. The message should also identify any special needs and include all information requested on a destination matching request (DMR). The more complete the family profile, the easier it is to find an appropriate sponsor if the case qualifies for a JAS.

If a case is referred as a women at risk, all communications, both from abroad and within Canada, must bear the words “Women at risk” in the subject line. “AWR” should be entered in the special program box of the IMM 5292 (Generic Document used for the Confirmation of Landing) and in the appropriate GCMS field.

Male relatives

Women at risk are normally, but not always, women who have no adult male relatives to protect or provide for them. In some cases, it may be the adult male relatives who pose the risk.

Women at risk must be counselled that sponsoring a previously undeclared spouse will not be possible under the family class program. Also, undeclared spouses will not be authorized to enter Canada under the one-year window provisions.

Once a case has been identified as in need of expedited processing, the case will be processed according to regular procedures, keeping in mind the one-to four-month time frame.

Detailed procedures:

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