IRCC's Recent Changes To Protect Newcomers Living in Vulnerable Situations
In an effort to address issues making some newcomers particularly vulnerable to abuse and exploitation while in Canada, the Government has made changes to the relevant programs.
The major issues and relevant changes are listed below:
- Issue: Some migrant workers are afraid to report an abusive job situation, as their status in Canada is tied to working for that particular employer.
Change: As of June 4, 2019, migrant workers are now allowed to leave an abusive employer immediately, while maintaining their ability to legally stay in Canada while looking for another job.
Issue: Newcomers living in a family violence situation, who are afraid to report or leave the home, due to fear of jeopardizing their immigration status.
Change: Starting July 26, 2019, newcomers experiencing family violence will be able to apply for a fee exempt temporary resident permit that will give them legal immigration status in Canada and includes a work permit and health care coverage. *In addition, IRCC is expediting the process for those in urgent situations of family violence who apply for permanent residence on humanitarian and compassionate grounds.
Issue: Under current immigration policy, when a person applies to immigrate to Canada, they are required to declare all of their family members. Any family members that they do not declare are barred from being sponsored by the principal applicant, at any point in the future.
Change: As of September 9, 2019, IRCC will launch a 2-year pilot (trial) project where a person (resettled refugee in Canada or who were themselves sponsored as a spouse, partner or dependent child) who came to Canada, can now sponsor undeclared immediate family members.
The full article, posted on the IRCC website on May 31st, 2019 can be read here https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2019/05/canada-introduces-new-measures-for-vulnerable-individuals.html