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Temporary public policy concerning the resettlement of women in Mexico who are survivors of sexual and gender-based violence

The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), has authorized an initiative to resettle up to 100 refugee women survivors of sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) from Mexico to Canada.

News Release

Ottawa, March 8, 2024 - The initiative will help refugee women in Mexico who have faced sexual and gender-based violence (SGBV) and are seeking a safer future in Canada. This policy allows for the resettlement of up to 100 women survivors of SGBV, along with their family members, who have fled to Mexico.

Global law firm Reed Smith LLP will identify eligible applicants, issue referral letters confirming their eligibility, and ensure they receive counselling and psychosocial support in Canada. The Canadian Centre for Victims of Torture (CCVT) will support these applicants and their families with housing, settlement assistance, and financial support for two years.

This policy will be active for three years, and applications will follow a submission plan agreed upon by Reed Smith LLP and CCVT.

Eligibility Criteria for Principal Applicants:

To be considered eligible, a foreign national (principal applicant) must meet the following conditions:

  • Has applied for permanent residence under the Convention Refugee Abroad or Country of Asylum class.
  • Identifies as a woman.
  • Currently resides in Mexico and is outside their country of nationality at the time of application and visa issuance.
  • Survivor of SGBV.
  • A referral letter from Reed Smith LLP confirming their eligibility under this public policy.
  • CCVT has submitted a sponsorship application for the applicant and eligible family members, committing to post-arrival support for two years.
  • A valid Memorandum of Understanding between Reed Smith LLP, CCVT, and the Department of IRCC.

For more information, visit the IRCC website.

From: Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada