Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations
150 (1) An application for a permanent resident visa submitted by a foreign national under this Division must be made at the immigration office outside Canada that serves the applicant's place of residence and must be accompanied by either an undertaking or
(a) a referral from a referral organization;
(b) a referral resulting from an arrangement between the Minister and a government of a foreign state or any institution of such a government relating to resettlement; or
(c) a referal resulting from an agreement relating to resettlement entered into by the Government of Canada and an international organization or a government of a foreign state.
Marginal note:Exception — requirement for referral or undertaking
(2) A foreign national may submit a permanent resident visa application without a referral or an undertaking if the foreign national resides in a geographic area that the Minister has determined under subsection (3) to be a geographic area in which circumstances justify the submission of permanent resident visa applications not accompanied by a referral or an undertaking.
Marginal note:Minister's determination
(3) The Minister may determine on the basis of the following factors that a geographic area is an area in which circumstances justify the submission of permanent resident visa applications not accompanied by a referral or an undertaking:
(a) advice from referral organizations with which the Minister has entered into a memorandum of understanding under section 143 that they are unable to make the number of referrals specified in their memorandum of understanding for the area;
(b) the inability of referral organizations to refer persons in the area;
(c) the resettlement needs in the area, after consultation with referral organizations that have substantial knowledge of the area; and
(d) the relative importance of resettlement needs in the area, within the context of resettlement needs globally.
- SOR/2004-167, s. 47
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