Work & Study Permits for Israeli & Palestinian Families in Canada

The Middle East has recently seen significant unrest, leading to widespread humanitarian challenges. Canada has responded proactively to this crisis. Their efforts go beyond evacuating Canadian citizens and permanent residents. They are also extending support to the families of these individuals. This comes in the form of work and study permits for Israeli and Palestinian families in Canada. Of course, the policy reflects Canada’s strong commitment to humanitarian aid. It offers Israeli and Palestinian families a chance to rebuild in Canada. Here, they can find stability and dignity after the turmoil they have experienced. Let’s explore the new public policy.

What is a public policy?

Before discussing the work permits and study permits for Israeli and Palestinian families, let’s explore the legal root of this decision. Section 25.2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA) is a critical legal tool enabling Canada’s humanitarian response to the Israel-Gaza conflict. It allows the Minister of Immigration to grant exemptions or permanent residency to foreign nationals who don’t meet standard immigration criteria but face extraordinary circumstances. Of course, this flexibility is crucial for supporting those affected by international crises. While it empowers the Minister to waive specific fees and requirements, applicants must still meet any provincial criteria and additional conditions set by the Minister. This section underscores Canada’s commitment to compassionate, flexible immigration policies in times of global challenges.

The definition of a family member covered by this public policy

IRCC will cover the following family members under this public policy:

In the context of this public policy, a person refers to a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident in Canada. Moreover, a dependent child is someone who meets the following conditions.

  • Relationship to the Parent:
    • The child is the biological offspring of the parent and has not been adopted by someone other than the parent’s spouse or common-law partner or
    • The child is the adopted child of the parent.
  • Situation of Dependency:
    • The child is under 22 years old and is unmarried or in a common-law partnership or
    • The child is 22 years of age or older and has relied mainly on the parent’s financial support since before turning 22 and cannot support themselves financially due to a physical or mental condition.

Who is eligible for Israeli and Palestinian work or study permits?

To be eligible, you need to meet the following criteria.

  • You are the family member of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada.
  • The Canadian citizen or permanent resident must have left Israel or the Palestinian Territories on or after October 7, 2023.
  • You must also have left Israel or the Palestinian Territories on or after October 7, 2023.
  • No inadmissibility issues affect you.
  • You are currently inside Canada with a valid temporary resident status.

What are the benefits of the public policy?

You may apply for a work or study permit if you meet all these requirements. Moreover, you will enjoy the following:

IRCC has not announced the duration of these permits. However, considering the similarities between this policy and the one for Iranians and Ukrainians, I assume the duration of work permits will be three years. Of course, if your passport expires sooner, they may shorten the duration. Moreover, I think the duration of study permits depends on the duration of studies in Canada.

When does public policy come to an end?

The current public policy for Israelis and Palestinians will expire on June 12, 2024. Remember, this is different from public policies for Syrians, Turkish citizens, Iranians, etc.

The media release about the public policy for Israelis and Palestinians

IRCC has published a media release about this public policy. There are some differences between them. The following table shows those differences. However, I prefer to rely on public policy as it is the official guideline for the officers. Consequently, I’m just offering this table for transparency.

AspectPublic PolicyNews Release
Scope of BeneficiariesForeign nationals who are family members of Canadian citizens or PRs who left Israel or the Palestinian Territories on or after October 7, 2023.This extends to foreign national family members of Canadian citizens and PRs, as well as Israelis and Palestinians already in Canada who feel unsafe returning.
Support for Extended Family MembersNot specifically addressed.Introduces special measures for temporary residence for extended family members in Gaza related to Canadian citizens and PRs.
Prioritized ProcessingDoes not discuss the prioritized processing of applications.Prioritizes processing of all existing and new permanent residence applications for Palestinians within family-based streams.
Assistance and Information ChannelsDoes not provide detailed assistance or specific contact information for inquiries.Provides a dedicated service channel and a keyword for prioritized service in inquiries.
Proof of RelationshipDoes not specify proof of relationship requirements.Details specific documents that can be used as proof of relationship, such as birth certificates and baptismal certificates.
Effective Date and ExpirationSpecifies the effective date and expiration of the policy.Does not mention the expiration date of these measures.
Specific Eligibility ConditionsSets clear eligibility conditions for applicants.Elaborates on eligibility conditions, including valid temporary resident status and the range of eligible family members.
Medical CoverageDoes not mention medical coverage.Indicates eligibility for time-limited medical coverage under the Interim Federal Health Program for certain individuals.

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