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Canada's immigration policy for Ukraine


IMMIGRATION policy for Ukraine - Immergity Immigration Consultant
IMMIGRATION policy for Ukraine - Immergity Immigration Consultant

As of March 17, 2022, in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, the honourable

Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, announced the

introduction of the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET).


The Government of Canada has begun accepting applications for CUAET that will allow

Canada to welcome Ukrainians escaping the war.


CUAET is a unique, expedited temporary residency pathway. Those who enter via

CUAET are authorized to stay in Canada for up to 3 years as temporary residents.

Ukrainians will be able to work, study, and reside in Canada until it is safe to go back

home.


Applications will be processed within 14 days after receipt of a complete application, per

the statement released.


Ukrainian students, visitors, and workers, including their family members, can use this

initiative to renew their visitor status or work permit for another 3 years and even apply

for a new work or study permit or extend their current permit.


Application costs for open work permits, study permits, applications to renew temporary resident status, and temporary resident permit applications have been eliminated by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) (CUAET). 

Canada is also considering establishing a permanent residence option for Ukrainians

with Canadian relatives. The initiatives' specifics will be released later this month.


Important Things to Note:

1. Ukrainian citizens and their direct family (of any nationality) are eligible to apply

for CUAET.


2. Under the CUAET, Canada will accept an unlimited number of visa, job, and

study applications.


3. All CUAET candidates must pass a background check (including biometrics) and

a security screening as part of their visa and travel requirements.


4. IRCC will provide a single travel document and a temporary residency permit

overseas to persons who do not have a passport or whose passport has expired.


5. All IRCC applications submitted by Ukrainians and their family members will be

processed first.


6. Applicants will be able to apply for an open work permit alongside their visa

application for free, allowing them to find employment as soon as possible.

Electronic applications will be processed within 14 days after receipt of a full

application in ordinary, non-complex circumstances.


7. Applicants are excluded from the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for

entrance into Canada but must comply with all other public health standards for

travel, including quarantine and testing.


8. Applicants may be required to complete and pay for a medical diagnostic test

within 90 days of arrival in Canada to screen for known or suspected transmitted

illnesses if an IME is required (chest x-ray or suitable alternative and blood test).


9. CUAET recipients can request to extend their temporary residence status for up

to 3 years, and they can leave and return to Canada at any time while their visa

is valid. They can also renew their work or study permit for free.


10. CUAET holders can apply for a new work or study permit at no cost and to attend

elementary and secondary education.


All CUAET applicants remain subject to

  • visa and travel requirements

  • background checks (including biometrics) and security screening


Benefits and features of the CUAET(source - Canada.ca)

Ukrainians and their family members coming to Canada from overseas

  • can apply for a free visitor visa and may be allowed to stay in Canada for 3 years, as opposed to the standard 6-month authorized stay for regular visitors

  • have the option to apply, free of charge, for an open work permit with their visa application, enabling them to find work as quickly as possible

  • will have their electronic visa application processed within 14 days of receipt of a complete application, for standard, non-complex cases

  • are exempt from Canada’s COVID-19 vaccination entry requirements, but must meet all other public health requirements for travel, such as quarantine and testing. With limited exceptions, all travellers to Canada, including anyone arriving under the CUAET, must also use ArriveCAN

  • are exempt from completing an immigration medical exam (IME) overseas, if applicable, but may be required to complete and pay for a medical diagnostic test within 90 days of arrival in Canada to screen for reportable communicable diseases (chest x-ray or suitable alternative and blood test)

How to Apply to come to Canada from the Ukraine:


You can apply for any of the following options online:

1. open work permit

2. study permit

3. application to extend temporary resident status

4. temporary resident permit


To ensure the process goes smoothly, it’s important to choose an experienced

immigration consultant like us to help you through this process (unless you are confident that you can do it on your own)!


Immergity Immigration Inc. is always happy to help with any queries and is available to

help you through this exciting time period of immigrating. For more information feel free to drop us an email at info@immergityimmigration.com or you can Call/WhatsApp us at +1.416.897.6664.

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