The Canadian Government has implemented some measures to assist displaced Ukrainians due to the ongoing situation in Ukraine.
The Canadian Government has implemented some measures to assist displaced Ukrainians due to the ongoing situation in Ukraine. All the information can be found at this these links:
Additional Immigration Support for Those Affected by the Situation in Ukraine - Canada.ca
Expect new information about an expedited Emergency Visa for Ukrainians to be released shortly.
- IRCC established a dedicated service channel for Ukraine immigration enquiries available for clients both in Canada and abroad at 613-321-4243, with collect calls accepted. Clients can add the keyword “Ukraine2022” to the Crisis - I need help with something else (cic.gc.ca) with their enquiry and it will be prioritized.
- The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship has issued a class-based national interest exemption to allow unvaccinated and partially vaccinated Ukrainian nationals who hold a temporary resident visa or permit to enter Canada. This also applies to people who are vaccinated with vaccines not currently recognized by Canada. These individuals will be subject to all other public health requirements to protect the health of Canadians.
- In addition to these new measures, IRCC previously announced that we will waive fees, retroactive to February 22, 2022, for certain travel and immigration documents. These include Canadian passports, permanent resident travel documents, proofs of citizenship, visitor visas, as well as work and study permit. Further details will be made available in the coming weeks as these measures launch.
- IRCC is prioritizing and urgently processing travel documents for Canadians, permanent residents, and their immediate family members, including issuing single-journey travel documents for immediate family members who do not have valid passports. Many of these documents are issued within 24 hours.
- IRCC continues to prioritize citizenship grant applications for adoption, and permanent and temporary residence applications for people with a primary residence in Ukraine who want to reunite or travel with family, study, work or start a new life in Canada.
- IRCC is prioritizing the renewal of work and study permits, so Ukrainians currently in Canada can extend their stay in Canada. We also extended a policy that allows individuals to apply for a work permit from within Canada. This policy allows temporary residents who receive a job offer to remain in Canada and start working while they wait for their work permit application to be processed.
- IRCC has increased operational readiness in Europe, including relocating staff and moving additional supplies and equipment, such as mobile biometric collection kits, in anticipation of an increased volume of requests. We are also adjusting operations in offices across our global network to ensure service continuity for Ukraine. Online options are available for most applications.
- The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) has an administrative deferral of removals (ADR) in place for Ukraine. An ADR is a temporary measure that can delay a removal order that would normally require a person to leave Canada immediately. The removal of these individuals resumes once the situation in their country or region stabilizes, and those who are not allowed in Canada for security reasons or on grounds of criminality, international or human rights violations, or organized crime can still be removed despite the ADR.
Other resources that may assist and who are connect within the Ukrainian Community in Canada:
Ukrainian National Congress
Settlement services (provincially)
Settlement Sector Associations across Canada
Atlantic Region Association of Immigrant serving Agencies (ARAISA) https://araisa.ca/
Association for New Canadians (ANC) NL https://www.ancnl.ca/
Immigrant & Refugee Services Association – PEI (IRSA) https://www.irsapei.ca/
Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia (ISANS) https://isans.ca
New Brunswick Multicultural Council (NBMC) https://nbmc-cmnb.ca/
PROMIS – Support for immigrants and refugees – QC https://promis.qc.ca/en/categories-services/welcome-and-integration/
Ontario Council of Agencies Serving Immigrants (OCASI) https://ocasi.org/
Manitoba Association of Newcomer Serving Organizations (MANSO) https://mansomanitoba.ca/national-networks/
Multicultural Council of Saskatchewan (MCoS) https://mcos.ca/
Alberta Association of Immigrant Serving Agencies (AAISA) https://aaisa.ca/
Affiliation of Multicultural Societies and Service Agencies BC (AMSSA) https://www.amssa.org/
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