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

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

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Final decision and issuing documents

The permanent residence application may be approved for principal applicants and accompanying family members once all eligibility and admissibility requirements are met. The processing office will

Learn more about the processing of a Confirmation of Permanent Residence document.

Right of permanent residence fee (RPRF)

Applicants are required to pay the RPRF. Applicants are able to access an RPRF loan under IRCC’s Immigration Loans Program (ILP) if required. See Right of permanent residence fee (RPRF) loans for more information.

Travel to Canada

Applicants are responsible for arranging and paying for their own travel to Canada. The former Afghan interpreter in Canada is encouraged to financially support their extended family members, if possible.

Support for settlement in Canada

Eligible applicants under this public policy will have access to Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) coverage. This includes in-Canada basic health care benefits (for example, hospital and physician services) until they qualify under their provincial or territorial health insurance program, as well as up to 1 year of coverage for extended health care benefits (for example, dental services, vision care, and mental health counselling) and prescription medication.

An IFHP application must be created manually for this group in order to create in-Canada coverage and generate an Interim Federal Health Certificate (IFHC). The processing office should create the application, and it will be completed by the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at the port of entry.

Note: Applicants do not have access to the Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) under this public policy.

Non-accompanying family members

There is no one-year window provision [R141] for principal applicants under this public policy. Applicants may apply to sponsor their eligible family members under the family class once they have obtained permanent resident status. As IRCC provided an exemption from the requirement to be medically examined for the non-accompanying family members, these cases will not be subject to paragraph R117(9)(d), as per subsection R117(10) and subject to subsection R117(11).

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