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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

Canada has introduced new immigration streams for Ukrainian citizens


Canada has introduced new immigration streams for Ukrainian citizens

The government of Canada introduced new immigration streams for Ukrainians to come to Canada temporarily or permanently on March 3, 2022.


The government will develop a Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel, eliminating many of the visa requirements that prevent Ukrainians from entering Canada. For immediate and extended family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, Canada will introduce a special family reunification sponsorship pathway for permanent residence in the coming weeks.


The Ukrainian visitors, workers, and students who are currently in Canada, as well as those applied under the new measures, will be issued open work permits. The government of Canada encourages all Ukrainians to apply through all programs.


Information on these new temporary and permanent residence programs, including processing times, will be available in the coming days and weeks. In the recent weeks, IRCC has worked closely with other government departments, the Ukrainian Canadian Congress, and other Ukrainian-Canadians to ensure that all measures meet the needs of Ukrainians and their communities.


IRCC will also continue to engage with provinces and territories and other partners to find out how they can support the effort. The government is actively working to launch these measures and stand ready to welcome more Ukrainians to Canada.


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

"I am inspired by the courage Ukrainians have displayed as they uphold the democratic ideals that we cherish in Canada. While they defend themselves against Putin’s costly war of aggression, we will provide safe haven to those who fled to protect themselves and their families. Canadians stand with Ukrainians in their time of need and we will welcome them with open arms."

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