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  • Arisnel Mesidor, M.A., RCIC

The government of Canada is ready to take in Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war


The government of Canada is ready to take in Ukrainian refugees fleeing the war.

A new pathway to support Ukrainian nationals coming to Canada was introduced by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on March 17, 2022.


The first Ukrainian nationals have already started to receive their visas to Come to Canada. The Canadian government, as well as the provincial governments, are implementing new measures to support Ukrainians when they arrived in Canada.


Immigration Minister Sean Fraser stated that

“businesses and employers can add jobs for Ukrainians on Canada’s online job bank and the government is working with partners, including provinces and territories, the business community, the Ukrainian-Canadian community, and settlement organizations on how best to support Ukrainians.”

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has put in place an administrative deferral of removal (ADR) for Ukraine. An ADR is a temporary measure that permits a person to delay a removal order that would normally require them to leave Canada immediately.


The removal of these individuals resumes once the situation in their country or region stabilizes, while those who are not allowed in Canada for security reasons, criminality, or international or human rights violations, or organized crime may still be removed despite the ADR.


IRCC is also prioritizing the renewal of work and study permits, so Ukrainians currently in Canada can extend their stay in Canada. Also, they have extended the policy that allows individuals to apply for a work permit from within Canada. The policy allows temporary residents who receive a job offer to remain in Canada and work while they wait for their work permit to be processed.







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