updates to immigration measures for Ukrainians

Canada Offers Safe Haven to Ukrainian Refugees as Conflict Continues

As the ongoing conflict between Russia and Ukraine continues to escalate, Canada has announced its commitment to extending support for Ukrainian refugees. Today, March 22, 2023, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, announced that the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) will be extended for Ukrainians overseas until July 15, 2023.

The CUAET, which started on March 17, 2022, allows Ukrainians and their immediate family members stay in Canada for up to 3 years. It also provides Ukrainians the opportunity to apply for a free work permit or study permit.

Under the extended measures, Ukrainians and their family members will have until July 15, 2023, to apply overseas for a CUAET visa. Moreover, those already holding a CUAET visa can use the special measures to enter Canada until March 31, 2024. In addition, CUAET visa holders already in Canada can use the same measures to extend or change their temporary status until March 31, 2024. Please note that these measures are free of charge.

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Settlement services for Ukrainians

The Canadian government has also announced that settlement services will continue to be available to Ukrainians and their families who seek refuge in Canada. These include access to emergency accommodations for up to two weeks, if needed, after arriving in Canada. The settlement services also include a one-time transitional financial support ($3,000 per adult and $1,500 per child) to help Ukrainians participate fully in Canadian communities.

The government of Canada has committed to working closely with various partners, such as provincial, territorial, and municipal bodies, settlement service providers, and the Ukrainian-Canadian community, to provide assistance to Ukrainian refugees fleeing Russia’s illegal war.

Canada’s extension of support is a significant step towards providing much-needed assistance to those affected by the conflict and helping them rebuild their lives. As the situation in Ukraine evolves, Canada will continue to monitor and adapt its response to address the ongoing needs of Ukrainian refugees.

“We remain committed to helping those fleeing Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine. We continue working to provide Ukrainians with a temporary safe haven and the vital settlement services and supports they need to thrive in communities across Canada. Canada will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine, including those who’ve been forced to flee Russia’s senseless invasion.”

The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

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