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Canada Opening Two Entry Pathways for Ukrainians and Prioritizing Applications

“I am inspired by the courage Ukrainians have displayed as they uphold the democratic ideals that we cherish in Canada. While they defend themselves against Putin’s costly war of aggression, we will provide safe haven to those who fled to protect themselves and their families. Canadians stand with Ukrainians in their time of need and we will welcome them with open arms.”

– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

On March 3, 2022, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) introduced 2 new immigration streams for Ukrainians who want to come to Canada due to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine:

1. IRCC is now working on a Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel which eliminates many of the normal visa requirements.  This pathway is available for individuals fleeing Ukraine and every Ukrainian national can apply. In addition, their stay in Canada could be extended by at least 2 years.

2. IRCC will implement a special family reunification sponsorship pathway for Ukrainian nationals who are immediate and extended family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. They will be able to apply for permanent residents once details are developed.

In addition to the above, all Ukrainians who come to Canada as part of these measures will be eligible to apply for open work permits. As previously announced, IRCC will issue open work permits to Ukrainian visitors, workers, and students who are currently in Canada and cannot safely go home and currently is prioritizing the renewal of work and study permits.

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