PR Pathway for Ukrainians with Family in Canada
Kateryna, a 25-year-old Ukrainian woman, was at a crossroads. Looking for a safer future, she found hope in a Canadian policy that offers a pathway for Ukrainians to become permanent residents. Her parents, who were permanent residents of Canada, were a vital part of this opportunity. With their support, Kateryna saw a chance to rebuild her life in a more stable environment. She started to explore this new possibility, encouraged by the prospect of reuniting with her family in Canada.
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What is the PR pathway for Ukrainians?
Canada has introduced a new permanent residence pathway for Ukrainian nationals. Starting October 23, 2023, it offers permanent residency to eligible Ukrainians in Canada. However, they must have temporary resident status and family members in Canada. Of course, this includes spouses, common-law partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, or grandchildren of Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
The pathway builds on the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET). This program initially provided temporary refuge to over 166,000 Ukrainians. Ukrainians with a CUAET visa can travel to Canada until March 31, 2024. Nevertheless, the new pathway aims to reunite families and help Ukrainians rebuild their lives in Canada. It will not affect other immigration program quotas, like the Parents and Grandparents Program.
Who qualifies for the Ukrainian PR pathway?
- Spouses or common-law partners
- Children (regardless of age)
- Siblings (including half-siblings)
Category 2: Spouse or common-law partner of a Ukrainian national with family in Canada. Requirements include:
- Being in Canada with a valid temporary resident status
- Having applied to restore status if it expired less than 90 days ago
- Being admissible to Canada
- Providing necessary documentation, including a statutory declaration form (IMM 0191)
Please note the family member in Canada who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and related to you needs to:
- Reside in Canada at present
- Be 18 years old or more
- Have not received permanent residence through this same policy
Who Doesn’t Qualify
- Individuals outside Canada
- Those inadmissible for reasons other than financial
- Relationship types not listed under the two categories
Family Members of the Applicant
- Eligible family members include:
- Spouses or common-law partners
- Dependent children (under 22 without a spouse or partner, or over 22 and financially dependent due to a mental or physical condition)
- Dependent grandchildren
- Family members must meet all permanent residency medical, criminal, and security requirements.
- They can be in or outside Canada during the application process
- The primary applicant must be in Canada
- Family members must be listed in the application, even if they are not immigrating immediately.
How to apply for Ukrainians PR Pathway
Please take the following steps to apply. Of course, you may engage our services to assist you.
One: Prepare to Apply Online
- Check your eligibility and gather all necessary documents.
- Fill out digital forms online for each family member over 18, such as the Generic Application Form for Canada (IMM 0008), Schedule A – Background/Declaration (IMM 5669), and Additional Family Information (IMM 5406).
- Complete, print, and sign PDF forms, including the Document Checklist [IMM 0190] and the Statutory Declaration [IMM 0191].
- Use Adobe Reader 10 or higher to download and fill out PDF forms.
- If needed, appoint an immigration representative using the Use of a Representative [IMM 5476] form.
Two: Apply Online
- Create or sign into your Permanent Residence Online Application portal account.
- Select the appropriate program and category for Ukraine Family Reunification.
- Follow the Instruction Guide (IMM 0189) to complete forms correctly.
- Ensure your photos meet the specified requirements and upload them.
- Pay the application fees online and upload the receipt to your account.
Three: Submit Your Application
- Confirm all questions are answered and electronically sign your application.
- Include the processing fee receipt and all supporting documents.
- If biometrics are required, pay the fee and follow instructions for fingerprinting and photograph submission.
- Submit your completed application and await further instructions.
This process is available until October 22, 2024. Alternative format applications are available upon request for those requiring accommodations, including disability-related needs. For full details and updates, visit the official Canadian immigration website.
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