Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC
Canada has launched new temporary residence pathway for Ukrainian citizens
The government of Canada launched the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) on March 17, 2022 about a new temporary residence pathway for Ukrainian citizens and their families.
By obtaining a CUAET, Ukrainian nationals will be able to stay in Canada for three years and have an open work permit, so they can find jobs more quickly. Their applications will be processed within two weeks.
However, Ukrainian citizens will have to meet all other public health requirements for travel and undergo background checks and security screening. Also, if an applicant does not have a valid passport, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will issue a single journey travel document based on the circumstances of the case.
These measures benefit Ukrainian workers, students and visitors as well as their family members who are already in Canada. They may either extend their visitor status or work permit for 3 years, apply for a new work or study permit, or extend their existing permit. IRCC is waiving all application fees for these programs to help ease the burden on the applicants.
Canadian employers who wish to assist Ukrainians with offers of employment are also encouraged to register their offers on Job Bank's Jobs for Ukraine webpage.
The government is also in discussions with partners, including provinces and territories, the business community, the Ukrainian-Canadian community, and settlement organizations, on how to best support those arriving from Ukraine, and further information will be available shortly.