Application for a permanent resident visa under the updated temporary public policy for extended families of former Afghan interpreters – Approvals and post-approval

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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Pre-departure services

Applicants under this public policy are not considered refugees; however, they have been provided with special authorization to access the same pre-departure services as government-assisted and privately-sponsored refugees.

The suite of services, which is delivered by the International Organization for Migration (IOM), provides direct supports to clients to assist them with the overseas process (transportation to/from interview, interpreters during interview, transportation to/from immigration medical exam, etc.).

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.

Note: Applicants are not required to pay the following fees:

  • application processing fee
  • biometrics fee, including maximum fee for a family
  • right of permanent residence fee

Travel to Canada

Immigration Loan Program (ILP)

All individuals applying for permanent residence are eligible to apply for immigration loans through the Immigration Loan Program (ILP).

ILP will provide eligible applicants with access to funding through loans used to cover a number of expenses, including travel to Canada.

When officers are facilitating the issuance of loans for applicants under this program, they are encouraged to conduct an assessment similar to the assessment for refugees, based on their similar financial situation.

Support for settlement in Canada

Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP)

Eligible applicants under this public policy will have access to coverage under the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). 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.

Resettlement Assistance Program (RAP) income support

Applicants under this public policy are eligible for partial RAP income support. This will be the equivalent of 3 months of RAP income support as a lump sum payment intended to assist individuals admitted under this public policy to cover costs for food and other basic needs for the first 3 months in Canada.

Non-accompanying family members

The 1-year window provision [as per section R141] does not apply to non-accompanying family members of the principal applicant under this public policy.

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