Program delivery update – September 9, 2016

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

Update to the automatic partner notification policy for HIV-positive applicants


The policy and processes for automatic notification for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-positive applicants have been updated. The changes involve eliminating the requirement for family class sponsors to respond in writing to either continue or withdraw their sponsorship after being informed that the applicant is HIV positive. As any sponsor can withdraw their sponsorship at any time in the process, there is no need to prompt the sponsor to explicitly consider this option in the case of an HIV-positive applicant.

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