Foreign nationals whom apply to immigrate to Canada are required to declare and have all of their family members (e.g. spouse or common-law partner, dependent children, etc.) examined even if those family members are not accompanying them to Canada.
If a principal applicant fails to declare and / or have a non-accompanying family member examined, they are forever excluded from being able to sponsor that person under the family class or the spouse or common-law partner in Canada class pursuant to paragraph 117(9)(d) or 125(1)(d) of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations.
Starting today, the Government of Canada has introduced a 2-year pilot program that allows these family members to be sponsored. This pilot program applies to:
- Applications still in process on May 31, 2019;
- Applications received between May 31, 2019 and September 9, 2021;* and
- Applications pending reconsideration between May 31, 2019 and September 9, 2021.*
*The Government of Canada has introduced this pilot program via temporary public policy. Therefore, this pilot program can be cancelled at any time.
To book a consultation with one of our lawyers to discuss sponsoring a family member, please contact us on (403) 407-2733 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.