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Canada Opens New Humanitarian Pathway

On November 17, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced a new humanitarian pathway to provide permanent residence to 15,000 Colombian, Haitian, and Venezuelan nationals. This new pathway offers a safe and legal alternative to irregular migration and will provide much-needed support to those fleeing violence, persecution, and economic hardship.

Eligibility Requirements

To be eligible for the new humanitarian pathway, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a child (regardless of age), grandchild, spouse, common-law partner, parent, grandparent, or sibling of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident

  • Be a national of Colombia, Haiti, or Venezuela

  • Be currently residing in South or Central America, Mexico, or the Caribbean

  • Have a family member in Canada who is willing to support them for one year

Applications for the new humanitarian pathway are now open and can be submitted online. 

Benefits of the Pathway

Those who are approved for the new humanitarian pathway will receive a number of benefits, including:

  • Permanent residence status in Canada

  • Pre-arrival services, such as an employment skills assessment and a referral to a settlement service provider organization

  • Transitional financial assistance from the Resettlement Assistance Program

Additional Measures to Address Migration Crisis

In addition to the new humanitarian pathway, Canada is also taking other measures to address the migration crisis in the Americas. These measures include:

  • Bringing in an additional 4,000 people through Canada’s existing temporary worker programs, including the Seasonal Agricultural Worker Program

  • Leveraging Canada’s existing refugee labour mobility pathway, the Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot

What next?

Do you meet the eligibility criteria for this pathway? Send an email to and our Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants will be happy to assist with your application.


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