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Family Law Issues for Immigrant, Refugee and Non-Status Women

If you or your partner came to Canada from another country, you may face both family law and immigration challenges when your relationship ends. This resource covers these topics:

Available in:

English, Français, American Sign Language (ASL), Arabic, Chinese, Farsi/Persian, Korean, Punjabi, Russian, Somali, Spanish, Tamil, Urdu

Produced by:

FLEW/FODF

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Video, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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FCJ Refugee Centre

The FCJ Refugee Centre has information about refugee settlement and refugee protection, and features manuals, workshop presentations, and research of interest to refugees and front line workers.

Available in:

English, Français, Spanish

Produced by:

FCJ Refugee Centre

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2018

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Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Online Help Centre

Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s Online Help Centre is designed to answer questions about moving to Canada. It features several ways of finding information: You can search by keyword, by topic question and answer, and by what you wish to do in Canada, such as work, study, immigrate, visit, etc. There is also a section with the top 10 questions, and a glossary.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

Humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) applications and refugee claims: how are they different?

This resource is for front-line workers working with women who have experienced family violence and do not have permanent resident status in Canada. It explains some of the differences between making a refugee claim and making an application on humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) grounds and when and where to refer a woman for legal help.

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2017

Making a humanitarian and compassionate (H&C) application

This resource is for front-line workers working with women who have experienced family violence and do not have permanent resident status in Canada.

Format:

Booklet/PDF, Web

Produced/Updated In:

2016

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Refugee Rights in Ontario: Information for front-line workers

Reflecting recent changes to the refugee determination process, this website provides plain language information on what the new rules mean in practical terms for people making refugee claims. This resource provides information for community organizations serving refugee claimants about the following topics:

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2015

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Can a woman who does not have status stay in Canada if her child is born here?

One of a series of FAQs from Luke’s Place, this resource explains that even if a woman has a child born in Canada, it does not mean that she can stay here. If she does not have status in Canada, she has to make an application for permanent resident status, which must be approved for her to be able to stay.

Available in:

English

Produced by:

Luke's Place

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2014

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Canadian Council for Refugees Library

The Canadian Council for Refugees (CCR) library has CCR documents, reports, and submissions on many topics, including:

  • Refugee protection in Canada
  • Resettlement
  • Family reunification
  • Enforcement and security
  • Citizenship
  • Trafficking
  • Settlement and integration

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Web

Produced/Updated In:

2014

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Alert to Community Organizations on Changes to Application for Permanent Residence on Humanitarian and Compassionate Grounds

Currently, an H&C application is the most common way that clients who are unsuccessful with their refugee claim get to stay permanently in Canada. This information sheet explains some of the changes that will take place to the H&C application under Bill C-31.

Available in:

English, Français

Format:

Booklet/PDF

Produced/Updated In:

2012