Canada introduces a compassionate PR pathway for families affected by the Sudan conflict

PR pathway for families

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Today, Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) unveiled a fresh immigration avenue designed specifically for families grappling with the enduring strife in Sudan.

Beginning on February 27th, 2024, the department will open its doors to receive up to 3,250 applications from individuals or families seeking refuge. This newly established family sponsorship route promises successful applicants permanent residency (PR) status. Furthermore, IRCC has pledged to waive the right of permanent residence fee and offer complimentary settlement services to those who are granted PR through this channel.

Who is eligible to apply through this new pathway?

To be eligible for this pathway applicants must:

Have been living in Sudan on April 15th, 2023;

  • Not have another country to return to other than Sudan or Canada;
  • Be the child (of any age), grandchild, sibling, parent or grandparent of an eligible anchor*
  • Provide a statutory declaration from their anchor stating that:
  • They plan to support you and any family members accompanying you for one year; and
  • They have not and will not accept any money from you or your family members.
  • Plan to live in a province or territory other than Quebec; and
  • Not be admissible for reasons other than financial ones.

In addition to the above criteria, individuals may apply if:

  • Their spouse or common-law partner is missing, presumed dead, deceased, or can’t leave Sudan;
  • Their spouse or common-law partner is the child (of any age), grandchild, sibling, parent or grandparent of an eligible anchor willing to support you; and
  • They meet all other eligibility criteria.

Who is eligible to act as an anchor?

An anchor must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Hold Canadian citizenship or permanent residency.
  • Reside in Canada (excluding Quebec).
  • Provide evidence of sufficient income or funds to fulfill the financial requirement.

An individual cannot act as an anchor if they:

  • Are in the process of renouncing their Canadian citizenship or PR status.
  • Are incarcerated.
  • Are subject to a removal order in Canada.
  • Are in default of payments related to immigration loans, performance bonds, or any other legally binding obligations to the Government of Canada (including deferred payments).
  • Are in default of sponsorship undertakings, support payments, or repayments owed to the Government of Canada.
  • Have declared bankruptcy.
  • Receive social assistance for any reason other than disability.
  • Have been convicted of a criminal offence listed in the public policy.

What are the steps for eligible individuals to apply for this pathway?

Applicants are required to submit their applications through the PR portal, ensuring all essential documents and forms, including declarations and forms from the anchor, are provided. Incomplete applications will be returned, offering applicants the opportunity to reapply if the pathway remains open. Further guidance on the application process can be accessed here.

Individuals of Sudanese heritage residing in Canada

Based on Census 2021 data, 17,485 individuals in Canada identify Sudan as their country of ethnic or cultural origin. Among them, 4,690 are recent immigrants who were born in Sudan and have migrated to Canada.

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