Application for a permanent resident visa under the public policy for extended families of former Afghan interpreters

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

In 2009 and 2012, the Government of Canada facilitated the immigration of certain Afghan nationals who served as local staff, such as interpreters, in direct support of Canada’s combat mission in Kandahar, Afghanistan, to Canada under one of two public policies:

These previous policies provided individuals and their immediate family members with a pathway to permanent residence in Canada. They were put in place in recognition of the risk that these individuals took as a result of their support of Canada’s work in their country. While some of their extended family members may have come to Canada through existing programs over the years, others may have not.

This temporary public policy aims to facilitate the reunification of those Afghan nationals who came to Canada under the 2009 or 2012 public policies with their extended family members who remain outside Canada.

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