Canada gives Zimbabwean 6 months to apply for permanent residence
Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander, and Steven Blaney, the Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness in Canada, announced the temporary suspension of removals for Zimbabwe and Haiti has been revoked, effective immediately. With the suspension now lifted, affected, individuals will be supplied with an additional six months to apply for permanent residence in Canada.
The Government of Canada is helping
The Government of Canada is implementing measures for people affected by the lifting of the temporary suspension of removals. All affected people will likely be given an additional six months to remain in Canada, with access to work permits.
This may allow them enough time to either apply for permanent residence in Canada based on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) reasons or returns home. In support of this measure, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will defer their removal pending a final decision on their H&C application.
— The Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Public Safety may inflict a temporary suspension of removals on a state when the entire civilian inhabitants confronts a hazard that is generalized as a consequence of:
— An armed struggle within a state or area;
— An environmental disaster resulting in a significant temporary dislocation of living conditions; or
— Any scenario that is temporary and generalized.
— A temporary suspension of removals is an interim measure.
The CBSA and Citizenship and Immigration Canada review country states and make
Recommendations on maintain whether to impose or lift a temporary suspension of removals.
— The conditions in Haiti and Zimbabwe have enhanced and also the Government of Canada considers that there’s no longer a generalized risk to the whole civilian population in these nations.
“Haitians and Zimbabweans have exhibited tremendous courage in recovering from the earthquake of 2010 and years of political instability. After a comprehensive review of state circumstances, the Government of Canada is lifting the temporary suspension of removals to these states as others of our international friends have already done.”
Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness.
Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister
“Canada is one of the very most generous countries in the world, and we have extended that generosity for more than ten years to Haitians and Zimbabweans by letting them stay in Canada because of unsafe conditions within their home countries. With the temporary suspension now lifted, the doubt has ended and Haitians and Zimbabweans are going to have the possibility to employ to make Canada their permanent home.”
Issued by: Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister
Canada Border Services Agency
Citizenship and Immigration Canada
Related Backgrounder: Temporary Suspension of Removals
ANNEX A – Temporary public policy concerning failed refugee claimants subject to the 12-month bar on requests for H&C consideration.
ANNEX B – Temporary public policy concerning work permits for persons under Haiti Special Measures.
ANNEX C – Health coverage under the IFHP for persons under Haiti Special Measures.