Bulletin No. 2 - for Tibetans living in Arunachal Pradesh, India, who have been chosen to apply to immigrate to Canada

You have been selected to apply to immigrate to Canada under a special program for displaced Tibetans living in Arunachal Pradesh, India. Up to 1,000 displaced Tibetans, including principal applicants and their eligible family members, may come to Canada under this public policy.

You will be matched shortly with a sponsor based in Canada. Your sponsor will provide you with help to find a place to live, learn about life in Canada, learn English or French, find a job, enrol your children in school, and begin your life in Canada. Your next step is to apply to come to Canada as a permanent resident. If you have relatives and friends in locations in Canada that are different than the location of the sponsor you have been matched with, please contact the Project Tibet Society.

Applying to come to Canada

As the principal applicant, you must fill in the immigration application.

The application forms you need to use are available on Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s (CIC) website. You only need to complete the forms listed under “Part 2: Immigration forms” available at the above link. Your sponsor will complete the forms under “Part 1: Sponsorship forms.” Be sure to note the specific instructions for you as an applicant under this program. Read these
instructions together with the application guide.

Make sure you carefully read the “Guide to Immigrating” and the “Special Instructions for the Public Policy on Tibetans” before you fill in the forms. The Guide will help you complete the forms. A checklist is available to help you make sure that you have included all the information, documents and fees required with your application.

You will not have to pay a processing fee for your application for Permanent Residence.

You will, however, still have to pay the Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF).

Right of Permanent Residence Fee (RPRF) and travel to Canada:

  • The RPRF is C$490 for each adult applicant and accompanying spouse or common-law partner (dependent children are exempted).

The RPRF does not need to be paid at the time of submitting the application but must be paid before the visa is issued. The High Commission of Canada in New Delhi will request payment of the RPRF when needed. The RPRF may be placed on an immigration loan (see below).

You can pay in Canadian currency or Indian rupees. Only bank drafts or certified cheques are accepted. Cash is not accepted for fee payment. The bank draft must be made for the exact amount and in favour of the “Canadian High Commission” or “Receiver General for Canada”, payable in New Delhi.

The RPRF will be refunded for unsuccessful applications or for those who withdraw or otherwise abandon their plan to immigrate to Canada before their visa has been used.

Once you have completed the application and you have all the required documents and photos, you must sign the application. You must then provide the signed application package, along with the RPRF fees, to your local settlement representative. The settlement representative will submit the application package on your behalf to the High Commission of Canada in New Delhi. Make a copy of your application before giving it to your representative.

What happens after I submit my application?

The visa office will check to make sure that your application is complete and they will give you a case file number. Be sure to include your case file number in any correspondence with the visa office. Your application will be matched up with your sponsor’s application that was already submitted. The visa office may contact you if information is missing or if they have questions. It is important to answer truthfully and completely. It is also very important to notify the visa office as soon as you can if there are any changes to your application, including changes to your family status such as marriage, divorce, births and deaths as well as changes to your mailing address, telephone number or other important information. Furthermore, make sure every accompanying family members’ is included in your application and that they can travel with you to Canada. People who are not listed on your application may not be able to come to Canada in the future.

After you submit your application, you and your family should start to prepare for your interview.

Preparing for your interview

The visa office will inform you of the date and location of your interview, if required. You and your family members are required to attend this interview together. It is possible that a number of families will be interviewed at the same time. This will allow you to travel together to the interview location. Local Tibetan authorities will be in contact with you to arrange your travel.

At the interview, you and your family members will be assessed. This means the visa officers will ask questions to confirm that you and your family meet the program’s requirements. They will make sure that there are no security or criminality concerns that may block you from entering Canada. It is very important to answer truthfully. The interview gives the visa officer the chance to confirm information on your application and it gives you the chance to give them any additional information you have.

Medical requirements

You and your family members will be required to have a medical examination in order to come to Canada. Generally, this examination will take place at the same time as your interview.

The medical examination will cost about 3,500 rupees. You will have to pay at the time of the examination.

Some applicants may require additional medical investigations, which include:

  • a medical specialist consultation and related tests that cost about 4,000 to 7,000 rupees;
  • sputum testing to determine if the applicant has active tuberculosis and this testing costs 3,500 rupees; and
  • those with a positive sputum test will be required to pay about 5,000 rupees to assess the type of tuberculosis (drug resistance).

If you have a medical condition that poses a danger to public health or safety, you will not be able to come to Canada until after you have been treated and no longer pose a danger. If you have a medical condition that may place a strain on Canada’s publicly funded health-care system, you will not be able to come to Canada.

Immigrant loans

You may be eligible for financial help to cover your travel to Canada, including your RPRF, if you are accepted for immigration to Canada. You will be informed about this financial help at the time of your interview with Canadian officials.

If you are given an immigrant loan, you will be required to reimburse it in monthly payments after you arrive in Canada.

What happens next?

After your interview and medical examination have taken place, you will find out from Canadian officials if your application is approved “in principle.” If it is approved, you will be informed of the required next steps before your visa can be issued.

You should also get in touch with your sponsor to find out more about where you will be living in Canada. Your sponsor will be able to tell you about the types of services that will be provided and the settlement support that you can expect to receive after your arrival in Canada.

The Project Tibet Society or your local settlement representative will communicate with you once you are ready to travel to Canada. Departures to Canada will take place over a period of several months.

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