Pilot Program to Exempt some PR applicants from Exclusion

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

The Government of Canada introduced a 2-year pilot project via a temporary public policy to help the immigration of certain sponsored people that may have been excluded on their family's application under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations. This new public policy was announced by the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship on May 31, 2019.

According to the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations, "Foreign nationals applying to immigrate to Canada are required to both declare and have all of their family members (spouse or common-law partner and children) examined, even if those family members are not accompanying the principal applicant. Failure to have a non-accompanying family member examined results in a lifetime exclusion in being able to sponsor that person"

This pilot is in effect from September 9, 2019, to September 9, 2021. The temporary public policy applies to all of the following applications:

  • applications still in process on May 31, 2019 (no final decision made before that date)
  • applications received between May 31, 2019, and September 9, 2021
  • applications pending reconsideration between May 31, 2019, and September 9, 2021

You can read more about this pilot program on the Governement of Canada's website.