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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

Canada still accepts PR applications from families of the victims of air disasters


Canada still accepts PR applications from families of the victims of air disasters

The government of Canada continues to accept applications from family members of victims of air disasters involving Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 (ET302) and Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752).


Those who are eligible can apply until May 11, 2022, under one of two permanent residence pathways which honour the memory of victims and support their families. In addition, the government will establish a scholarship program in memory of victims of Flight PS752 and disburse 176 scholarships averaging $25,000 for each beneficiary.

The government is also planning to introduce a similar scholarship initiative to honour the victims of Flight ET302. The government continues to work with their International Coordination and Response Group partners, the United Kingdom, Sweden, and Ukraine to ensure justice and accountability for the victims of Flight PS752.


The government of Canada stands in solidarity with the families of the victims and is determined to hold Iran accountable for the downing by their military forces and to ensure Iran pays full reparations for the acts and omissions which resulted in the deaths of 176 innocent people.


To be eligible to apply for the permanent residence under the public policy, you must:

  • be the member of your family who was a victim of flight ET302 or PS752 must have been a Canadian citizen, permanent resident of Canada and foreign national who had a positive eligibility decision on their permanent residence application

  • be the spouse or common-law partner of a Canadian victim of flight ET302 or PS752 one of the following relatives of a Canadian victim or of their spouse or common-law partner:

  • child

  • grandchild

  • parent

  • grandparent

  • sibling (including half-siblings)

  • aunt or uncle (sibling of a victim’s parent or sibling of a victim’s spouse or common-law partner’s parent)

  • niece or nephew (child of a victim’s sibling or child of a victim’s spouse or common-law partner’s sibling)

  • be in Canada at the time of application, and you must have done one of the following:

  • had valid temporary resident status in Canada when the member of your family passed away on flight ET302 or PS752

  • been granted temporary residence after the member of your family passed away on flight ET302 or PS752, as long as you applied for temporary resident status in Canada before March 23, 2021

  • made a refugee claim in Canada on or after the date that the member of your family passed away on flight ET302 or PS752, and your claim has not been found ineligible to be referred to the Immigration and Refugee Board

  • benefitted from the 2020 or 2021 temporary residence public policy for families of victims of Flight PS752


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