Many vulnerable individuals fear losing their status to stay in Canada. As a result, they stay in abusive job conditions or relationships. In order to protect and let them reunite with family, the IRCC recently announced three new measures.
Protect Mistreated Migrant Workers
On June 4, 2019, mistreated workers with an employer-specific work permit can apply for an open work permit. Once approved, they can leave the abusive conditions and maintain their status to find new work.
Protect Against Domestic Violence
On July 26, 2019, newcomers who experience domestic violence can apply for a fee exempt temporary resident permit. This means they no longer need to fear that leaving a domestic relationship will affect their immigration status. The permit gives them legal immigration status, work permit and health care coverage.
Previously, if newcomers did not declare their immediate family members, they could not sponsor them to Canada. On September 9, 2019, a 2-year pilot program will take place. Newcomers will now be able to sponsor immediate family members and reunite with them.
Do you or someone you know fall in one of these categories? Contact David Aujla for an immigration consultation today.