Canada asks Zimbabwean & Haiti people to apply for permanent residence
Canada’s Immigration Minister Chris Alexander and Citizenship, and Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness, Steven Blaney, declared the temporary suspension of removals for Zimbabwe and Haiti has been revoked effective immediately.
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With the suspensor now lifted, affected people will likely be given an added six months to submit an application for permanent residence in Canada.
Measures are being implemented by the Government of Canada for people impacted by the lifting of the temporary suspension of removals. All people that are affected will likely be given an additional six months to remain in Canada, with access to work permits.
This may enable them enough time to either make an application for permanent residence in Canada based on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) reasons or returns home. In support of the measure, the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will defer their removal pending a final decision on their H&C program.
— The Minister of Emergency Preparedness and Public Safety may visit a temporary suspension of removals on a state when the whole civilian Public confronts a threat that is generalized as an effect of:
— An armed struggle in a state or area;
— An environmental disaster leading to a large brief
Dislocation of living conditions; alternatively,
— Any scenario that’s generalized and provisional.
— A temporary suspension of removals is an interim measure. The CBSA and
Citizenship and Immigration Canada make, and review state recommendations on lift, maintain or whether to enforce a temporary suspension of removals.
— The states in Zimbabwe and Haiti have enhanced as well as the Government of
Canada considers that there’s no longer a generalized threat to the whole civilian population in these types of states.
Steven Blaney, Canada’s Minister of Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness SAID:
“Haitians and Zimbabweans have exhibited remarkable bravery in recuperating from the quake of 2010 and years of political instability. After an exhaustive 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.”
Chris Alexander, Canada’s Citizenship and Immigration Minister said:
“Canada is among the very most generous nations on earth, and we’ve expanded that generosity for more than a decade to Haitians and Zimbabweans by letting them remain in Canada because of dangerous conditions within their home countries. With the temporary suspension now lifted, the doubt has finished and Haitians and Zimbabweans are going to have the possibility to use to make Canada their permanent residence.”
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.