New Initiatives to Protect Vulnerable Newcomers in Situations of Family Violence
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently introduced the following new initiatives to support vulnerable newcomers in Canada:
1. An expedited Temporary Residence Permit (TRP), for out-of-status foreign nationals who are currently in Canada and seeking permanent residence that is dependent on remaining with an abusive spouse or partner.
- This fee-exempt TRP will give them:
- temporary immigration status in Canada,
- a fee-exempt work permit,
- Interim Federal Health Program coverage for a minimum of 6 months.
* An individual’s dependent children living in Canada are also eligible for this TRP.
- The TRP is meant to assist individuals and their dependent children to escape abusive situations of family violence and provide sufficient time to decide if they would like to leave Canada or consider other immigration options.
- **Out-of-status individuals who are in Canada and experiencing family violence may contact the Client Support Centre at 1-888-242-2100 or by web form for more information https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/family-sponsorship/fees-permits-victims.html
2. An expedited process for Permanent Residence on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds, for individuals in urgent situations of family violence and seeking permanent residence that is dependent on remaining in Canada with an abusive spouse or partner.
- Individuals who qualify for this may include:
- foreign nationals who cannot be assessed for permanent residence because their sponsor has withdrawn their Family Class application;
- cases in which a client has been falsely told by an abusive spouse or partner that their Family Class application has been submitted and is in process, when in fact no application has been submitted;
- cases where a temporary resident intends to apply for permanent residence through a genuine relationship that becomes abusive, but may not yet have an application in process.
- **Visit this web page for further details: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/family-sponsorship/fees-permits-victims.html
Further information for individuals experiencing family violence and abuse can also be found at: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/family-sponsorship/fees-permits-victims.html