Automatic partner notification policy for human immunodeficiency virus-positive applicants in the family and dependant refugee classes
This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.
The automatic partner notification policy for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive applicants in Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)’s family and dependant refugee classes stipulates that all applicants in the family and dependant refugee classes who test positive for HIV will be allowed 60 days to voluntarily disclose their HIV status to their spouse or partner residing in Canada or to withdraw their application.
After 60 days have elapsed from the date that the applicant was informed of the policy by the officer, IRCC will formally notify the known spouse or partner residing in Canada before proceeding with the application. All spouses and partners receiving a formal notification will also be provided with the necessary provincial or territorial contacts so that they may better inform themselves and take the precautions necessary to protect themselves and prevent HIV transmission or infection.
IRCC attests that this policy does not intend to inflict unnecessary hardship to applicants or sponsors. Rather, it is a measure that will protect the health and safety of the spouses and partners (residing in Canada) of applicants in the family and dependant refugee classes who test positive for HIV.
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