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New Permanent Residence Pathway for Foreign Nationals who were in State Care

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has introduced a new temporary public policy providing a pathway to permanent residence for foreign nationals who were in state care in Canada.

To be eligible, the applicant must meet the following criteria:

  • Have come to Canada before they were 19 years old;
  • Have continuously resided in Canada for at least three years;
  • If over the age of 19, have continuously resided in Canada since age 19;
  • Have been in state care in Canada, meaning having been under the legal responsibility of a child and family services provided for at least one cumulative year;
  • Be physically present in Canada; and
  • Intend to reside in a province outside of Quebec.

This new pathway recognizes that vulnerable persons who came to Canada as minors and were in state care should not be subject to removal. Government processing fees are waived for this program. The program is currently open to intake until January 21, 2027.