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IRCC Boosts Family Reunification Efforts for Palestinians in Gaza

By Casey May 30, 2024 2 min. read

In a move to facilitate family reunification, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has expanded its temporary special measures for Palestinian extended family members residing in Gaza. The program, initially launched in January with a target of processing 1,000 temporary resident visa (TRV) applications, will now extend its reach to 5,000 applications.

Supporting Family Reunification in Challenging Times

Immigration Minister Marc Miller emphasized the government’s commitment to helping families stay together, acknowledging the ongoing challenges faced by Palestinians in Gaza. While movement out of Gaza remains restricted, the increased processing capacity will ensure that more individuals can reunite with their Canadian family members when the situation allows.

Eligibility Criteria and Application Process

To qualify for a TRV under this program, applicants must be family members of Canadian citizens or permanent residents and meet specific requirements outlined by IRCC. Those who are considered Group 1 must:

There is also a Group 2 for the family members of those who meet the Group 1 criteria. The department defines family members as :

Finally, eligible anchors must meet the following criteria. They must be:

These requirements include having a valid passport, being present in Gaza at the time of application, and having an eligible anchor in Canada who is willing to provide financial and settlement support.

Prioritizing Family Reunification and Humanitarian Considerations

The IRCC’s decision to expand this program demonstrates Canada’s dedication to humanitarian efforts and family reunification. By increasing the number of applications processed, the government aims to provide a lifeline to those seeking to reunite with their loved ones in Canada while navigating the challenging circumstances in Gaza.

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