A special temporary resident option for Ukrainians – CUAET

Canada has initiated a special temporary resident option for Ukrainians. They call this measure the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET). Let’s explore this option.

What is the temporary resident option for Ukrainians

Under the CUAET policy, Ukrainian citizens may apply for three-year open work permits in Canada. The government will waive most of the standard requirements and issue them visas. Moreover, their minor children may receive visas in Canada and study without a permit.

IRCC intends to expedite the processing time for this group. Consequently, they have assigned sufficient resources to address this extraordinary measure. Also, they have waived the applicants from the government fees.

Who qualifies?

The principal applicant for the temporary resident option for Ukrainians must be a Ukrainian citizen. However, their accompanying family members could be of any nationality. Of course, you must include your passport as proof of citizenship. However, under exceptional circumstances, IRCC may process applicants without passports. Thus, they issue them single journey documents.

If you are inside Canada, you may apply for the change or extension of your status. Consequently, you could receive an open work permit valid for up to three years.

How to apply for the temporary resident option for Ukrainians

The process is relatively straightforward:

  1. Open an online application.
  2. Apply for an open work permit. However, make sure to include your dependent family members. If you have a spouse or common-law partner, apply for an open-work-permit for them. For children, apply for a TRV.
  3. You do need to pay the fees. However, if you are applying from outside Canada, you must give biometrics.
  4. Wait for the government to contact you with further instructions.

Other measures

IRCC is working with their partners to expand services to Ukrainians. Moreover, they have created a dedicated employment page on Job Bank for Ukrainians. We expect to see more changes since all these measures are in progress. Please sign up for our newsletter or enable notifications for future announcements. I will periodically visit this page to make updates.

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