(403) 452-9515

Ackah Law

Search Ackah Law...

Contact us

Contact Information

1 (403) 452-9515

1 (800) 932-1190

Book a Consultation

More Options...

Canada Launches New Protected Person Family Reunification Initiatives

Blog posted on by Evelyn Ackah in Family Class

Canada Launches New Protected Person Family Reunification Initiatives

Canada's Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced two new family reunification initiatives to make it easier for foreign nationals with protected person status and their family members living abroad in difficult situations to apply for permanent residence. The new initiatives announced on December 4, 2019, in an IRCC news release will

allow the protected person in Canada to communicate with IRCC on behalf of their family.

The new initiatives will "increase efficiency in processing the applications and reduce contact between the visa office and your dependent family members abroad."

Centralized Intake

Protected persons who have dependent family members abroad will be able to submit a permanent residence application for themselves and their family members simultaneously at a single centralized location, the IRCC Case Processing Centre in Mississauga.

Centralized Concurrent Processing Pilot

Effective December 4, 2019, the IRCC Centralized Concurrent Processing Pilot Case Processing Centre in Mississauga will process permanent residency applications for the protected person and their overseas dependent family members if the family members live in countries supported by the pilot program locations in:

  • Bogota
  • Buenos Aires
  • Kingston (Jamaica)
  • Lima
  • London
  • Nairobi
  • Mexico City
  • Port of Spain
  • Sao Paulo

Who Is a Protected Person?

In Canada, the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada (IRB) and IRCC decide who is a Protected Person:

If the IRB determined you to be a person in need of protection or a Convention refugee or if you received a positive decision on your Pre-Removal Risk Assessment (PRRA) from IRCC, you are a Protected Person and may apply for permanent residence with this application.

Immigration applicants must still meet all IRCC eligibility and admissibility requirements including medical screening and security and criminality checks.


Evelyn Ackah

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

More About Evelyn Ackah

Are You a Teen Expat in Canada Who Wants a Work Permit?

Many teenagers who move to Canada with their families would like to work while living in Canada. Teenage family members accompanying a parent who has a Canadian temporary work permit ...

Read More

Canada Updates Essential Travel and Processing TRVs and eTAs for Immediate Family Members

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has updated temporary restrictions on immigration and essential travel and is now processing applications for immediate ...

Read More

Canada Is Accepting Spousal Sponsorship Permanent Resident Applications During COVID Restrictions

The Canadian government has put in place travel restrictions and cut back on some immigration services to slow the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19). Canada's Immigration, Refugees ...

Read More

IRCC Delays Launch of 2020 Parents & Grandparents Program Due to Coronavirus

Canada's Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced on March 27 that they will delay the 2020 opening of the popular Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) "due ...

Read More

Canada's 2020 Parents and Grandparents Program on Hold Indefinitely

Canada's Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) issued an update on December 30 announcing the popular Parents and Grandparents Program (PGP) "will be postponed ...

Read More

Is An Immigration Lawyer Needed for Spousal Sponsorship Approval?

Although you don’t need lawyers or immigration consultants for submitting a spousal sponsorship, spousal sponsorships can be confusing. Spousal sponsorship applications can ...

Read More

I am very happy the application has been filed, Thank you so much for all your hard work and for answering all my questions. I truly appreciate your kindness and professionalism.

- Vanessa, Study Permit Application

View All Testimonials