Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has published a list on its website of ways that Canadians can assist Afghan refugees amid the return of Taliban rule.
Its website also explains the steps it is taking to assist Canadians and Afghans affected by the crisis.
If you wish to help Afghan refugees coming to Canada (through the donation of your time, clothing, furniture, money), IRCC provides the following suggestions:
Since 1978, Canadians have been able to privately sponsor refugees to move to Canada. There are different ways you can move forward with the sponsorship process:
IRCC has stated it will prioritize family class sponsorship applications for Canadian citizens and permanent residents looking to bring their loved ones from Afghanistan. This includes sponsoring your spouse, partner or dependent children, your parents and grandparents, or orphaned relatives under the age of 18.
Canada has committed to resettling 20,000 vulnerable Afghans through:
IRCC notes you do not need to be living in Afghanistan to be eligible for these special programs.
IRCC says you can email them about the special programs here: Canada-Afghanistan@international.gc.ca
You can email IRCC here your questions about resettling Afghans living outside of the country and about Canadians reuniting with their Afghan family members: IRCC.SituationAfghanistan.IRCC@cic.gc.ca
Afghan temporary residents can apply to extend their stay in Canada.
IRCC asks you to email them here: IRCC.SituationAfghanistan.IRCC@cic.gc.ca
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