The Immigration Minister discussed Canada's initiatives with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees
The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), Sean Fraser, discussed Canada’s plans to welcome visitors fleeing the war in Ukraine as well as in Afghanistan with Filippo Grandi, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees on May 11, 2022.
The minister also announced the exemption of biometrics requirements for Ukrainian candidates up to the age of 18, those over the age of 60, and individuals who have a travel history to Canada, while also prioritizing the safety and security of Canadians.
The minister said that together with their partners, they will continue to do everything they can to ensure Ukrainians are supported during their stay in Canada. However, the number of Ukrainians in Canada has grown by 12,000 since January 1,2022.
The government of Canada has received more than 112,000 applications since launching the new expedited process, the Canada Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel, two weeks ago. Also, in the last number of days, they have now approved more than 26,500.
Through this program, Ukrainians will be able to come to Canada for three years with open work and study permits, allowing them to begin working and taking courses immediately. The government will continue to look for ways to help Ukrainians and to identify what supports they will need once they arrive in Canada.