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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

IRCC has welcomed almost 75,000 Ukrainians under the CUAET


On August 19, 2022, the government of Canada updated the number of Ukrainian newcomers arriving in Canada under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET).


According to the latest update, between January 1 and August 14, 2022, 11,817 Ukrainians arrived in Canada by land, and an additional 62,772 arrived by air. Between March 17 and August 17, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) received 495,929 applications under the CUAET. The applications of 204,793 Ukrainian nationals have been approved so far.


Following the Russian invasion of Ukraine and the ensuing humanitarian crisis, to help Ukrainians and their family members come to Canada as quickly as possible, we have developed the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) measures to provide them with employment and educational opportunities. Those measures aim to offer Ukrainians and their family members free, extended temporary status and allow them to work, study and stay in Canada until safety conditions are met for them to return home.


Additionally, the CUAET measures allow those already in Canada to extend their visitor status, work permit or study permit so they can continue to live, work and study in Canada. This is a temporary residence program that is intended to address the current humanitarian crisis. However, if temporary residents decide to stay in Canada after their temporary stay, they can apply for permanent residence through various existing programs.



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