Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
Canada expanded overseas services for Ukrainian nationals
The government of Canada expanded services in Europe to better support individuals who wish to come to Canada under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) on May 3, 2022.
As of now, Ukrainian nationals who have questions after they submit their applications and biometric information can seek help in the new Canada Information Centre (CI Centre) in Warsaw, Poland. The Centre offers in-person information services to all Ukrainian nationals and provide clients with service in Ukrainian, English and French.
The CUAET provides settlement services to Ukrainian nationals coming to Canada. The support, which is usually available only to permanent residents, will help Ukrainians arrive under this special, accelerated temporary residence pathway settle into their new communities.
Sean Fraser, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, thanked members of the Canadian Armed Forces supporting Canadian operations, the Polish Defense Forces at refugee reception centres, who are helping Ukrainians fleeing the full-scale invasion by Russia, as well as the staff at IRCC and Global Affairs Canada for their tireless efforts.
IRCC received over 180,000 CUAET applications and also approved over 71,000 applications between March 17 and April 26, 2022.