Canada introduces new temporary and permanent residence programs for Ukrainians
|A special temporary resident option for Ukrainians:
Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET)
The Government of Canada announced new immigration streams for Ukrainians who want to come to Canada temporarily or permanently.
Ukrainians who want to come to Canada temporarily
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will create a Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel. This new path will be available for individuals fleeing Ukraine, and won’t limit the number of Ukrainians who can apply. In addition, the stream will eliminate many of the normal visa requirements.
According to the government, all Ukrainian nationals will be able to apply through this new path. Moreover, pending background checks and security screenings, they will be able to have their stay in Canada extended by at least two years. Canada aims to have the pathway open for applications in 2 weeks. However, in the interim, it will continue to encourage Ukrainians to apply through other programs since their applications will be prioritized.
Since January 1, 2022, over 6,100 Ukrainians have arrived in Canada.
Family sponsorship program for permanent residence
IRCC will also implement a special family reunification sponsorship pathway for permanent residence. This pathway is for immediate and extended family members of Canadians who want to start a new life in Canada. IRCC will create details for this program in the coming weeks.
It is important to note that all Ukrainians who come to Canada under these measures will be able to apply for open work permits. This means it will be easier for employers to quickly hire Ukrainian nationals.
“Canadians stand with Ukrainians in their time of need and we will welcome them with open arms.” The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration.
Other immigration measures to support Ukrainians
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada is taking additional steps to support Ukrainians and people residing in Ukraine. Other immigration measures include the following:
- Establishing a dedicated service channel for Ukraine enquiries. It will be available for clients both in Canada and abroad at 613-321-4243, with collect calls accepted. In addition, clients can now add the keyword “Ukraine2022” to the IRCC Webform with their enquiry. IRCC will prioritize those emails.
- Implementing urgent processing of travel documents. This includes issuing single-journey travel documents for immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who do not have valid passports.
- Updating a Web page to provide current information on measures; this page will include content in Ukrainian for ease of reference.
- Ensuring that Ukrainians currently in Canada are able to extend their stay or stay longer in Canada by prioritizing the renewal of work and study permits. IRCC will also extend a policy that allows individuals to apply for a work permit from within Canada. Moreover, this policy would allow temporary residents who receive a job offer to remain in Canada and start working while they wait for their work permit application.
According to the Government’s website, IRCC will issue open work permits to Ukrainian visitors, workers and students who are currently in Canada and cannot go home. This means they can stay longer if they wish. IRCC will also waive fees, retroactive to February 22, 2022, for certain travel and immigration documents. This includes Canadian passports, permanent resident travel documents, proofs of citizenship, visitor visas, and work and study permits.
Pause in removal orders
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has an administrative deferral of removals (ADR) in place for Ukraine. For those who are not familiar with the term, an ADR is a temporary measure that can delay a removal order. Removal orders usually require a person to leave Canada immediately. Of course, the removal of these individuals would resume once the situation in their country stabilizes.
Those who are not allowed in Canada on grounds of criminality, international or human rights violations, organized crime, or for security reasons can still be removed despite the ADR, says the Government’s website.
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