In the face of the ongoing crisis in Gaza, Canada has demonstrated its commitment to compassion and support by introducing a temporary public policy. This initiative is specifically designed to extend a helping hand to certain extended family members of Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents (PRs) significantly affected by the crisis. In this article, we explore the details of this policy, its eligibility criteria, and the broader impact it aims to achieve during these challenging times.
The policy is tailored to address the unique circumstances of families directly affected by the crisis. Eligible individuals include certain extended family members who can now apply for Canadian temporary resident visas (specifically, fee-exempt open work permits or study permits). The aim is to ease the burden on those seeking refuge and support and recognize the importance of family unity during times of distress. The Government of Canada will start accepting applications for people with extended family connections to Canada, including parents, grandparents, siblings, and grandchildren. This public policy comes into effect on January 9, 2024.
Eligibility for Canada’s temporary visa for Gaza residents with Canadian relatives includes:
- Extended Family Members: Siblings, grandparents, and other close relatives of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
- Proof of Relationship: Documentation verifying the familial connection with the Canadian relative.
- Financial Stability: Evidence of sufficient financial resources to support themselves during their stay.
- Background Checks: Successful completion of necessary security and background checks.
Time-limited medical coverage. In order to support their immediate medical needs upon arrival, permanent residents, family members of permanent residents, and Canadian citizens who arrived in Canada after their assisted departure from Gaza may be eligible to apply online for time-limited medical coverage under the Interim Federal Health Program.
Canada’s response to the crisis in Gaza through this temporary public policy reflects a profound gesture of compassion. By opening its doors to family members affected by the crisis, Canada is providing a supportive and welcoming environment during times of uncertainty. The policy serves as a symbol of solidarity and empathy, reinforcing the nation’s commitment to standing alongside those facing adversity.
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