28 June 2005

Immigration and Refugee Protection Act

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The new Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) became law on June 28, 2002. This modern and balanced legislation replaces the former 25-year-old Immigration Act.

The Act recognizes the many contributions that immigrants and refugees make to Canada; encourages workers with flexible skills to choose Canada; and helps families reunite more quickly.

IRPA is also tough on those who pose a threat to Canadian security while continuing Canada's tradition of providing a safe haven to people who need protection.

Independent and Assisted Relative immigrants who applied on or before December 31, 2001 and who have not received a selection decision before the implementation of the new Act on June 28, 2002 will continue to be selected under the former selection criteria until March 31, 2003.

Independent and Assisted Relative immigrants who applied on or before December 31, 2001 and who have not received a selection decision by March 31, 2003 will be subject to the selection criteria under the new Act and a pass mark of 70 points.

Independent and Assisted Relative immigrants who applied after December 31, 2001 and who have not received a selection decision before implementation of the new Act on June 28, 2002 will be subject to the new selection criteria and a pass mark of 75.

Under the new regulations, if you have already submitted a business class application before December 31, 2001, the processing could happen in two ways. If you have been interviewed (or had your interview waived) before April 1, 2003, your application will be assessed against the former regulations and you do not need to do anything else unless the visa office requests it. If you have not been interviewed (or have not had your interview waived) before April 1, 2003, your application will be assessed against the new Act and regulations.


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