TORONTO – The federal government has announced a “new route” for extended family members of Afghan interpreters to come to Canada and connect with them.

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under new program, members of the extended family of Afghan interpreters will be eligible for immigration to Canada if they:

  • is an Afghan citizen;

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    are living outside Canada at the time of application;

  • were in Afghanistan on or after 22 July;

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    is a child, grandchild, parent, grandparent or sibling of an individual who has already been granted permanent residency in Canada under a previous immigration platform;

  • Can provide a “statutory declaration” from a family member already in Canada;

  • can provide identification; And,

  • Fill the online form for admission.

If a family member cannot provide travel or identification documents, Afghans already in Canada can verify them through other statutory declaration.

Canada intends to bring in 40,000 Afghan refugees who are fleeing imminent threat from the Taliban, largely because of their ties with Canadian troops during the Afghanistan War.

“While some of his extended family members have come to Canada through existing programs over the years, their relationships with other interpreters are not as a result and may now be in a precarious position,” the government wrote. Wednesday’s announcement.

The Canadian government has not provided an update on how many refugees have already arrived in Canada, citing privacy concerns. About 3,700 Afghan and Canadian citizens were evacuated before the end of August.

It is believed that 1700 interpreters and other Afghans who have the proper documents to leave are hiding in safe houses while they await their escape.

Last month, the federal government quietly changed the criteria for a secondary special program to allow vulnerable Afghans to consider only those from outside Afghanistan at the time of application.

The application process for this new route will open on December 9 and applicants are encouraged to start with the proper paperwork now.

more information available Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website.