Permanent residence for extended family of former Afghan interpreters: About the public policy

Date Announced:

December 9, 2021

Active Period:

December 9, 2021 until further notice.


The Government of Canada remains committed to bringing as many vulnerable Afghans as possible to safety. As part of our continued work to support Afghan refugees, we are opening a new pathway for the extended family members of Afghan interpreters who immigrated under previous measures. In 2009 and 2012, the Government of Canada introduced special measures for Afghan nationals who served as local staff, such as interpreters, in direct support of Canada’s combat mission in Kandahar. These measures provided individuals and their immediate family members with a pathway to permanent residence in Canada. They were put in place in recognition of the risk Afghans took to support Canada’s work in their country. While some of their extended family members may have come to Canada through existing programs over the years, others have not and may now be in a precarious position as a result of their relationship to the interpreters.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:

Family class (reunification) | Refugees


Afghanistan | extended family

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