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Ukraine crisis: Canada opens to unlimited number of Ukrainian immigrants

March 4, 2022

By CIC News |

Canada is introducing new immigration streams for Ukrainians who want to move to Canada permanently or temporarily.

Canada has the third largest Ukrainian diaspora in the world, with some 1.4 million people. As such, it is looking to do its part to assist as many Ukrainians as possible.

Ukrainians who wish to come to Canada on a temporary basis will be able to obtain a Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel. There will be no limit on the number of Ukrainians who wish to apply. Pending background check and security screenings, they will be able to have their stay in Canada extended by at least two years.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) aims to have this extended pathways open for application in two weeks.

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IRCC will also implement a special expedited family sponsorship program for permanent residence. It will create details for this program in the coming weeks.

All Ukrainians who come to Canada under these measures will be able to apply for open work permits. This means they will be able to work for any employer in Canada of their choice. This is in addition to the other open work permits IRCC has already made available to Ukrainians currently in Canada.

IRCC has stressed that more information on these temporary and permanent residence programs, including processing times, will become available in “the coming days and weeks.”

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