Immediate or extended family or de facto dependant of a resettled Yazidi or survivor of Daesh
Some immediate family, extended family, or de facto dependants of resettled Yazidis and survivors of Daesh in Canada may be able to immigrate here under a new public policy.
Who can apply
People applying to come to Canada
You can apply to come to Canada if you’re an immediate or extended family member or de facto dependant of a previously resettled Yazidi or survivor of Daesh who:
- currently lives in Canada
- is a citizen or permanent resident of Canada
- was resettled as a refugee under the initiative for survivors of Daesh
To be eligible under this special program
- the privately sponsored Yazidi must have come to Canada as a refugee under the survivors of Daesh initiative that:
- was put in place through the October 25, 2016 motion adopted at the House of Commons
- committed Canada to resettle 1,200 survivors of Daesh by the end of 2017
- government-assisted refugees must have come to Canada under either the 2017 or 2019 public policy, as part of the survivors of Daesh initiative.
Your relationship to the survivor
You must be either:
- an immediate family member (spouse or common-law partner, dependent child, and their dependent child)
- an extended family member, which includes a:
- child of any age (of either the resettled Yazidi, or their spouse or common-law partner)
- aunt or uncle
- great aunt or great uncle
- child of an aunt or an uncle
- niece or nephew
- current or former legal guardian
- a de facto dependant, a person who:
- is considered a key member of a family unit, or
- is emotionally or economically dependent on the previously resettled Yazidi or survivor of Daesh, or
- is a combination of both, and:
- doesn’t meet the above definition of a family member
- is related by blood, marriage or long association (in other words, they may not be a relative)
- may be a member of your household and face the same dangers of persecution as you
You must also:
- be a national of Iraq
- have lived in Iraq, both:
- when you apply under the public policy
- when we make a decision on your application
- not plan to live in the province of Quebec
- meet all conditions of the public policy and all requirements not exempt under it (this also applies to any family members who come with you to Canada)
Applicants under 18
If you’re under 18 years old on the date you apply, you must have a best interests determination document from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
This document confirms that it’s in your best interest to be under the care of family in Canada.
Being admissible to Canada
You and your family members must be admissible to Canada to be approved for permanent residence. Make sure you know how you could be inadmissible to Canada.
We’ve received a large number of web form submissions with the keyword IRQ2023 for this program. We’re reviewing the submissions in the order we received them, and may already have enough to fill the available places.
If your submission is ready to move forward, we’ll send you more information about the application process for your family member(s) overseas.
If we fill the available spaces before we get to your submission, we’ll contact you to let you know your submission will not move forward.
After you submit
Once you submit the name and contact information of your family member(s) or de facto dependant(s) and your identifying information:
- we’ll send you an acknowledgment of receipt to the email address you gave us
- we will verify your file and tell you what happens next
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