Canada undeclared family sponsor pilot marks one year
October 9, 2020
In September 2019 Canada started a two-year pilot program to allow permanent residents to sponsor family members that they had failed to declare in their applications (undeclared family sponsor pilot). When a person applies to become a permanent resident, they are required to declare all of their family members (spouse, common-law partner, dependent children, dependent child of a dependent child), even if they are not accompanying the principal applicant to Canada.
For various reasons, including lack of awareness or lack of knowledge of a family member’s whereabouts in a conflict situation, many newcomers failed to declare some family members on their application. By not including these family members, applicants made them ineligible from being sponsored to come to Canada for life.
In recognition of the disproportionate impact of the lifetime bar for undeclared family sponsor, particularly on children, a two-year pilot project was implemented effective September 9, 2019 to facilitate family reunification and ensure that dependants who weren’t declared in their family member’s immigration application are not further penalized and barred from entering Canada. It will also enable some newcomers to sponsor undeclared family members.
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
Eligibility for the undeclared family sponsor pilot is limited to sponsors who were granted permanent residence in Canada as a spouse, a common-law partner, a conjugal partner or a dependent child, or as a Convention refugee or a person in similar circumstances.
Conditions (Eligibility Requirements) for undeclared family sponsor pilot
Based on public policy considerations, delegated IRCC officers may grant an exemption from the provisions of the Act listed below to a foreign national who meet all of the following conditions (eligibility requirements):
The foreign national has applied as a spouse or a common-law partner in the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada class or as a spouse, a common-law partner or a dependent child in the Family Class;
The foreign national has a sponsor who:
Applied for, and was granted permanent residence status as a Convention refugee or a person in similar circumstances; or,
Was granted permanent residence after having been determined to be a protected person; or,
Was determined to be a member of the Family Class, and was granted permanent residence as a sponsored spouse, common-law partner, conjugal partner, or dependent child; or,
Was determined to be a member of the Spouse or Common-Law Partner in Canada Class and was granted permanent residence as a sponsored spouse or common-law partner.
The foreign national, if declared and examined at the time their sponsor immigrated to Canada, would not have made their sponsor ineligible in the class that the sponsor applied for.
You won’t be eligible for undeclared family sponsor pilotif:
you weren’t declared or examined when your sponsor became a permanent resident
in an economic category (including as a caregiver)
after being sponsored in the family class other than as a spouse, partner or child (for example, parent/grandparent and their dependents, other relatives)
in the permit holder class
as an applicant in-Canada based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds
you would have made your sponsor ineligible to immigrate to Canada when they applied, for example, if your sponsor
immigrated as a spouse, but was married or in a common-law relationship with you at that time
was married or in a common-law relationship when they came as a dependent child on their parent’s application or
came to Canada under a program that required them to be single, with no dependants
The people you sponsor must still meet all eligibility requirements and prove they’re admissible to Canada. All application fees still apply.
For the applicants whose sponsor resides in the province of Quebec, the requirement to have a sponsor who has given a sponsorship undertaking to the Government of Quebec continues to apply.