Can I apply for the program for Afghan nationals who helped the government of Canada?

On July 23, 2021, the federal government announced that it will offer protection to citizens of Afghanistan who are at risk of harm because of their work for Canada. Protection can include permanent resident status or a temporary resident permit (TRP) so that you can enter Canada while you are waiting for permanent residence.

Who can apply?

To be eligible for this program, all of the following must be true:

  • You are a citizen of Afghanistan.
  • You had a significant work relationship with the Government of Canada, for example:
    • interpreters who worked with the Canadian Armed Forces
    • local staff who worked at the Embassy of Canada to Afghanistan
    • people who worked as cooks, drivers, cleaners, construction workers, or security guards for the Canadian Armed Forces or the Embassy of Canada
  • You or your family members were in Afghanistan on or after July 22, 2021.
  • You are not inadmissible to Canada.

You don’t need to be in Afghanistan to apply for this program.

For this program, an eligible family member is:

  • a spouse or common-law partner
  • a dependent child who is
    • under 22 years of age and
    • not married or in a common-law relationship
  • a dependent child of a dependent child (a grandchild) who is
    • under 22 years of age and
    • not married or in a common-law relationship

De facto dependents are also eligible under this program. A de facto dependent is not a biological or adopted dependent. A de facto dependent is someone who depends on you for emotional or financial support, or both. This person might live with your family as a member of your household.

Interpreters who worked with the Canadian Armed Forces

If you came to Canada under a special resettlement program in 2009 or 2012, you may be able to help a member of your extended family come to Canada. If that person is in Afghanistan or in another country, email and write “Interpreter Extended Family” in the subject line. IRCC will respond to give you instructions and ask for more details.

How to apply

Write an email that includes all of the following:

  • your full name and any nicknames you may have had
  • your date of birth
  • your email address
  • your phone number
  • a description of your work with the Government of Canada or the Canadian Armed Forces in Afghanistan, including
    • your job title or position
    • your identification number, if you had one
    • the name(s) of your Canadian point(s) of contact (if possible)
  • a copy of any documents that show you worked with the Government of Canada
  • a copy of your passport and the passport for each eligible family member travelling with you, if possible

Send your email to and attach copies of passports and documents that show you worked with the Government of Canada. If IRCC needs other documents or photos, they will ask for them later.

IRCC will review your request to make sure you’re eligible. There is no specific timeframe. It may take a long time. They will contact you if they need more information.

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