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Applying for housing before landing 

mmet
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Posted On: 1/18/2021
mmet
mmet
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After permanent residency approval, is it possible to apply for public or subsidized housing before landing in Canada? Does applying to public housing increase risk of inadmissabillity by the immigration officer? In other words, does immigration consider this a public burden on social services?
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Posted On: 2/3/2021
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Hello,

Thank you for sharing your situation and question with us. We can appreciate that you would be concerned about this situation.

1. Awaiting Permanent Resident Status

As you are still awaiting the approval of your PR status, it is not possible to apply for subsidized housing. Some conditions are required to be satisfied in order for you to be eligible for subsidized housing. In relation to your situation, you and each member of your household that you will possibly be applying for, must be either a Canadian Citizen, permanent resident of Canada, or a refugee claimant. If you are currently awaiting approval of your permanent resident status, you will not be able to apply for subsidized housing before you land.

2. Permanent Resident Status Approval

When you have received the approval of your PR status, you may apply for subsidized housing. You will need to contact a coordinated access centre in the area you are interested in applying for information about any subsidized housing located there. You will be required to complete an application process that would require your signatures and additional signatures of all household members that are 16 and over. It is important to note that there is a waiting list for subsidized housing, and offers are given on a first-come, first-serve basis. Follow here to receive more information about community agencies, including assistance services for subsidized housing in areas you are interested in.

You may wish to consult a reputable and registered immigration consultant or an immigration lawyer who is familiar with Canadian immigration issues for advice on your situation before you start any application processes. A consultant or lawyer can help you find the most efficient and direct way for your family to enter Canada.

We hope that the information we provided was helpful to you. Please let us know if you have any further questions.


Sincerely,


Your Settlement.Org team

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