Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is the government department that looks after immigration and refugee matters in Canada.
IRCC has issued a temporary public policy with the aim to ease certain foreign nationals who have been affected by the Executive Order that was signed on January 27, 2017 by US President Donald Trump.
As per this temporary public policy, foreign nationals who have been affected by the executive order can extend their stay or apply for temporary status in Canada.
Due to US Executive Order, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iraq, and Iran citizens are barred from coming to US for a period of 90 days. Indefinite banned has been imposed on Syrian citizens from entering the United States.
The temporary public policy from IRCC comes soon after the press conference from Canada immigration minister Hussen. According to the statement made by Hussen, he gives assurance to those who are stranded in Canada due to executive order to apply for temporary residency in case the need arises.
The Canadian government has taken up measures that will allow eligible foreign nationals in Canada to live and work in the country temporarily in case they do not have any other means of support.
There is no fee charged on the applications submitted for this type of temporary residency.
Applicants are, however, required to give an explanation as to how they are affected and should meet the admissibility criteria of Canada.
Designated officers have been advised by the policy to consider exemption from Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) for foreign nationals from Somalia, Libya, Sudan, Iran and Syria.
As Ahmed Hussen, the immigration minister of Canada signed the public policy, he highlighted Canada’s approach to act with humanitarianism and compassion, and this public policy is in line with that.
As per the policy foreign nationals can be given exemption from IRPA regulations as per the following situations:
A foreign national can apply for a Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) in case he or she made travel arrangement to come to US and is not able to do so. Such individuals should be having a visa and related documents that are required to enter US in normal circumstances. He or she should be eligible to enter Canada except for he or she is not able to obtain a Temporary Resident Visa.
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