The justice for former minors in protective care

A small percentage of those who arrived in Canada as kids and were under the care of child protection services never acquired citizenship or permanent residency. Some of these vulnerable individuals who either lost their status or never had it as a result face the possibility of being deported back to their nation of birth.

In response to this pressing matter, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada unveiled a public policy in Ottawa on January 23, 2024, providing a route to permanent residency for these susceptible individuals.Canada is committed to addressing the situation and providing fair and equal access to Canada’s immigration system thus this policy, which will be in place until January 21, 2027, attempts to give individuals who have been living in Canada for years without permanent status a long-term solution. This program expands on policies put in place in the fall of 2023, which gave employment or study permits and temporary resident permits (TRPs) to qualified persons from child protective agencies. The applicants under this program can include eligible family members who are living in Canada.

Eligibility

You must fulfil the following requirements in order to be eligible for permanent residency:

  • Arrived in Canada before turning 19 years old.
  • Maintained continuous residency in Canada for at least 3 years before applying.
  • maintained a constant residence in Canada since being 19 years old (if not older).
  • have spent at least a year (cumulatively) in the legal guardianship of a child and family services provider under the authority of a provincial or territory government’s designated ministry for child protection.
  • Physically present in Canada at the time of application submission and when granted permanent residence.
  • Intend to reside in a province or territory other than Quebec.
  • Possess no record of significant criminal charges committed outside of Canada or actions that are against UN principles.
  • Hold a current identity document, travel document, passport, or statutory declaration.
  • Not be inadmissible to Canada.

How to Apply 

  • Check your eligibility 
  • Complete forms and gather Documents 
  • Mail your application 
  • If you qualify the IRCC will request additional documents if required 

This proactive approach shows how committed Canada is to ensuring fair and equal access to its immigration system, particularly for individuals who entered the country as kids and had significant hardships while under protective custody. Canada intends to provide a particular pathway to permanent residence in order to address these individuals’ requirements and allow them the chance to fully integrate into Canadian society.

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