Permanent residence for extended family of former language and cultural advisors: After you apply
How we process applications
Once we receive your application, we’ll review it to make sure
- you included all the required documents
- it’s complete
- you meet all the eligibility requirements
If your application isn’t complete
We’ll return your application to you. Once you add the missing pieces, you can resubmit it. Your application may not be considered if the program is full.
If your application is complete
We’ll send you an acknowledgement of receipt. We may also ask you, and any family members you include in your application, to
- come in for an interview, if we need more information
- give your fingerprints and photo (biometrics), if required
- complete medical exams, if you haven’t already done them
- get police certificates for anyone who is 18 and older on your application
If we approve your application
We’ll contact you to let you know and provide more information on the next steps. You should stay in touch with your family in Canada and keep them updated on the status of your application. This will help them prepare for your arrival.
We’ll also let your family member in Canada know when to expect you to arrive in Canada.
Before you leave for Canada
Before you and your family leave for Canada, we will
- cover the costs of any medical services you need before you travel, including
- an immigration medical exam
- treatment for medical conditions that would make you inadmissible to Canada (for example, tuberculosis)
- medical supports you need to travel safely to Canada
- routine vaccinations
- disease outbreak control
- provide services overseas, through the International Organization for Migration (IOM), while we process your application
- This may include temporary housing in the country you’re travelling through (if possible).
- give you access to the Immigration Loans Program, which lets you get a repayable interest-free loan to cover your travel costs to Canada
- help you book your travel through the IOM (there’s a fee to use this service)
Once you arrive in Canada
Get health care coverage through the Interim Federal Health Program
Through this public policy, you’ll have limited and temporary health care coverage through the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP), including
- basic benefits (until you’re eligible for provincial or territorial health care insurance outside the IFHP)
- up to 12 months of supplemental benefits and prescription drug coverage
Get financial help through the Resettlement Assistance Program
You’re also eligible for a one-time payment equal to 3 months of income support through the Resettlement Assistance Program. You don’t need to apply for this, but you do need to give us your Canadian banking information for direct deposit. Your family member in Canada will have the email address where you can send your Canadian banking information.
This money, along with the support you’ll get from your family in Canada, will help you and your family start your new life in Canada.
Get help settling in Canada
While we’ll give you access to some health care coverage and financial services, we also expect your family member in Canada to help you (and anyone coming with you). Your family member should
- find temporary housing for you before you arrive
- pick you up or arrange transportation at the airport when you arrive
- help you set up a Canadian bank account and send your banking information to us (for your one-time income support payment)
- help you apply for provincial or territorial health care coverage, including your new health card
- work with you to find permanent housing
You’ll also have access to free newcomer services that can help you
- learn about working in Canada and finding a job
- learn English or French
- register your children for school
- find skills development and training
- get services targeted to women, seniors, youth and 2SLGBT2I+ people
- find other help from our settlement program
If we refuse your application
We’ll send you a letter and let you know why we refused it.
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