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On October 18, 2021, the government of Canada exempted Afghanistan nationals from the 12-month bar due to the worsening conditions in Afghanistan that put individuals at risk. Afghan applicants whose previous pre-removal risk assessment (PRRA) decision was made between October 19th, 2020 and October 18th, 2021, and whose refugee claim or previous application for a PRRA is rejected or withdrawn, or dismissed by the Federal Court, can apply for a PRRA. Those whose decisions were made after October 18th, 2021, will still be subjected to the 12-month bar.