Canada opens new PR avenue for overseas family members of air disasters

Posted Aug 8, 2022 8:00 a.m. EDT

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has created a new permanent residence program for the families of the Canadian victims of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752.

The new pathway to permanent residency applies to those who want to come to Canada to settle and support family members who have lost a spouse, common-law partner or parent, according to a government news release.

To ensure that extended family members have a close relationship with the surviving family member, the family member who is in Canada will need to provide a statutory declaration. There is a limit of two extended family members per family unit.

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The victim of air disasters must have been a Canadian citizen, a permanent resident or a foreign national whose permanent residence has been approved. In the Ethiopian Airlines crash, 22 victims were Canadian and the Ukraine International Airlines plane claimed 85 victims who were Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

This new measure follows IRCC’s May 2021 policy, which provided a pathway to permanent residency for family members of these air disaster victims who were already in Canada. This policy ended on May 11, 2022. Eligible immediate and extended family members can now apply even if they are outside of Canada.

The public policy for families outside Canada is in effect from August 3, 2022 to August 2, 2023.

Eligibility criteria

To be eligible to apply, you must be outside of Canada. You and your family members must also not be inadmissible to Canada.

You must be related to a Canadian victim or their deceased spouse or common-law partner on Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 or Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. You must provide a completed and signed Statutory Declaration (IMM 0171) of a surviving family member in Canada. Family members can only sign a statutory declaration for a maximum of two principal applicants.

You may also be related to a person who has been granted permanent residence under the temporary public policy to facilitate the permanent residence in Canada of families of Canadian victims of recent air disasters, if you have been declared as a family member not accompanying person at their request, or are a child of theirs and were born after your parent became a permanent resident.

The eligible relatives of the victim are:

  • Husband or partner
  • child (of any age)
  • relative
  • Grand parent
  • small child
  • brother or sister (including half-siblings)
  • aunt or uncle (the brother or sister of their mother or father)
  • nephew or niece (the child of their brother or sister)

Eligible relatives of a victim’s spouse or common-law partner include:

  • child
  • relative
  • Grand parent
  • small child
  • brother (including half-siblings)
  • aunt or uncle (the brother or sister of the victim’s parent)
  • nephew or niece (the child of a sibling of the victim)

You can include family members in your application if they meet all of the eligibility requirements to become permanent residents of Canada.

Even if your family members do not plan to come to Canada, you must declare them on your application. Otherwise, you will not be able to sponsor them later.

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