The Government of Canada announced Tuesday that the applications of the former Afghan employees of the Canadian mission, who are currently based outside Afghanistan, will be processed within the framework of the special immigration program.
The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), in a statement said the government will process the applications of those Afghans who assisted the Canadian mission in Afghanistan, and are currently based outside of the country, if they have received an invitation from the Government of Canada.
“Canada continues to implement a special program for Afghans who assisted Canada. If you receive an invitation from the Government of Canada to apply for the special program, but are now outside Afghanistan, please note that we will continue to process your application,” IRCC said.
The Government of Canada last month announced a special program to resettle the Afghans who assisted the efforts of Canada in Afghanistan.
Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, Marc Garneau, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and Harjit S. Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, jointly announced the new program on 23rd of July.
“So many Afghan citizens put themselves at risk to assist Canada, both during and after our military mission in Afghanistan. Now they face even greater threats from the Taliban, and we are doing everything possible to bring them to safety. Lives hang in the balance, which is why we’re taking timely and decisive action to support the Afghans who supported Canada, and offer them a future in this country. Canada will do right by those who did so much for us,” said Mendicino.
Those eligible include interpreters who worked with the Canadian Armed Forces, cooks, drivers, cleaners, construction workers, security guards and locally engaged staff employed at the Embassy of Canada to Afghanistan, and their family members, IRCC said in a statement.