Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada, the government department that oversees immigration and refugee affairs in Canada, has announced a temporary public policy concerning the foreign nationals who were affected by an Executive Order signed by U.S. President Trump on January 27, 2017. The temporary public policy states that the government of Canada may allow foreign nationals who are affected the by the U.S. Executive Order to apply for temporary status in Canada, or to prolong their stay.
IRCC states that under the U.S. Executive Order, citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, and Yemen are barred from going into the U.S. for a 90-day period following the signing of the U.S. order. Citizens of Syria are barred from going into the U.S. indefinitely. This temporary public policy follows soon after a press conference, at which Hussen stated that they are aware that the executive order applies to those from the seven countries transiting through Canada. He then continued to assure they people who are stranded in Canada that he will “use my authority as minister” to give them temporary residency if they need it.
The policy that was introduced by the Canadian government sets out measures to allow qualified foreign nationals in Canada affected by the ban to extend or apply for their current temporary status, and work temporarily if they do not have any other means of support. Fees for these applications have been waived. In order to apply, individuals must meet Canada’s admissibility criteria and deliver an explanation of how they are affected. The temporary public policy is presently in place until April 30, 2017 at 00:00 Eastern Daylight Time.
The outline of the public policy, which was signed by Canada’s immigration minister Ahmed Hussen, states, “This public policy is consistent with Canada’s method of acting with compassion and humanitarianism.”