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A message from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC)

Dear friends,

I as campaign coordinator, have received the following email from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Today October 18/2021. This letter has been cc’d to some of the activists’ that the campaign sent heir files to IRCC.

According to following information, all activists who do not feel safe in Afghanistan, need to leave Afghanistan safely.

Next step is to apply for REFUGEE status for self and your family through IRCC website

Wish you all safe journey without complication.

Homa Arjomand

The coordinator for the Campaign to Open the Border for Afghan Women and Children Fleeing the Taliban

Arjomandhoma@gmail.com

Good day,

Thank you for contacting Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

This is in response to your query received between August 17, 2021, and October 18, 2021.

Canada continues to monitor developments in Afghanistan closely and is coordinating its response with international partners. The Government of Canada recognizes that there are a number of people that remain in Afghanistan with a connection to Canada, including Canadian Citizens, permanent residents and their families, as well as applicants under existing programs for Afghan nationals with a significant and/or enduring relationship to Canada.

To learn about the supportive measures that are available, we invite you to consult the following information.

If you, or your family members, are INSIDE Afghanistan:

· On August 29, Canada and its allies have received assurances from the Taliban that Afghan citizens with travel authorization from other countries will be allowed to leave Afghanistan safely.

· Should you decide to leave Afghanistan, the decision to travel is your choice, and we encourage you to take measures to ensure the safety and security of you and your family,

o there are no personnel of the Government of Canada on the ground to assist you with travel arrangements.

· IRCC continues to provide affected Afghan nationals who assisted the Government of Canada, and their families, with information and support as it is available,

o IRCC continues to process applications on a priority basis toward finalization, as conditions allow.

· You need information about the special programs for Afghan nationals?

o visit our website for the most up-to-date information (including who is eligible and how to apply),

§ Afghan nationals may also be eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada through other existing immigration programs, visit our website for information on these programs.

· You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident in Afghanistan who requires assistance?

o click here,

o we invite you to sign up to the Registration of Canadians Abroad. Important emails are sent through this service.

If you, or your family members, are OUTSIDE Afghanistan:

· You need information about the special programs for Afghan nationals?

o visit our website for the most up-to-date information (including who is eligible and how to apply),

§ Afghan nationals may also be eligible to apply to immigrate to Canada through other existing immigration programs, visit our website for information on these programs.

· You are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident outside Afghanistan who requires assistance?

o we invite you to sign up to the Registration of Canadians Abroad. Important emails are sent through this service.

If you are currently in Canada:

· You are a Canadian citizen, permanent resident or protected person in Canada who would like to sponsor a family member?

o click here.

· You are an Afghan national who has a temporary resident status in Canada?

o click here.

We recommend visiting the section find out what special measures for Afghanistan apply to you for more information.

We also invite you to visit our website regularly. More details will be posted when they become available.

We hope the information provided is helpful in assisting you with your enquiry.

We would also like to suggest the following online services that might be helpful to you with any immigration, refugee and/or citizenship future requests:

· Download application forms and guides

· Change of address

· Check your application status

· Help Centre - To find answers, you may consult the different sections or type keywords related to your question.

Sincerely, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada https://www.canada.ca/en/services/immigration-citizenship.html

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