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Over 112,000 Applications In The Canada Emergency Travel Program For Ukrainians

The Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said that the new pathway for Ukrainians that are fleeing Ukraine because of the war (Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) saw over 112,000 application in its first two weeks.

He said that “in the last number of days, we have now approved more than 26,500. Even though most are arriving as temporary residents, we announced recently that we would expand settlement support for all Ukrainians coming to Canada in recognition of the special circumstances they are facing.”

Canada Heading Up the United Nations’ Global Task Force on Refugee Labour Mobility

Millions of Ukrainians have fled Ukraine and are seeking refuge in neighboring countries and Canada is leading the way in these refugee resettlement efforts.

The immigration minister tweeted that “Canada has a proud history of welcoming refugees from around the world.”

He also said that he joined leaders from other nations and international organizations and also with the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, Filippo Grandi to launch the Global Task Force on Refugee Labour Mobility which Canada will lead for the first two years.

He further explained that the new United Nations initiative will build on Canada’s Economic Mobility Pathways Pilot, which is a program that recognizes the skills and abilities of refugees by removing barriers and helping them and their families immigrate to Canada through existing economic programs.

In the early months of the year, Ottawa announced that Canada will expand its federal settlement programs to include language training, employment assistance, orientation and other supports for Ukrainians as they settle into their new communities.

The country is working tirelessly with its provincial and territorial partners, the Ukrainian-Canadian Community, the business community and settlement organizations across the country to develop more ways to support those in Canada as Ukraine bravely defends their homeland against the war.

The CUAET pathway began accepting applications on March 17 and this new immigration program is to allow Ukrainians stay in Canada for up to three years and be eligible for free open work permit and study permit.

Canada has increased its immigration application processing capacity in Europe and has also sent mobile biometrics kits to Warsaw, Vienna and Bucharest to take the fingerprints and portrait photos of prospective Ukrainian refugees in its bid to ensure proper security precautions are taken with the surge in applications.

Immigration, Refugee and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) officials have also confirmed that Ottawa has set up temporary pop-ups for biometrics collection in addition to IRCC’s usual Visa Application Centre network.

Employers In Canada Can Now Add Jobs For Ukrainians On Job Bank

Canada has vowed to accept an unlimited number of Ukrainians refugees and could see a massive influx of newcomers because the Russia-Ukraine war is seen to be one of the biggest assaults on a European state since the Second World War.

The IRCC announced any Ukrainian already in Canada before the start of the war on a temporary basis could apply to extend his or her status as a visitor, student or worker.

These are some of the immigration measures announced since the start of the war in Ukraine:

  • A dedicated service channel for Ukraine enquires that will be available for clients both in Canada and abroad at 613-321-4243 with collect calls accepted. Also, clients can now add the keyword “Ukraine2022” to the IRCC Webform with their enquiry and their e-mail will be prioritized.
  • Urgent processing of travel documents, including issuing single-journey travel documents for immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who do not have valid passports.
  • The issuance of open work permits to Ukrainian visitors, workers and students who are currently in Canada and cannot go home so they can stay longer if they wish. Fees are being waived, retroactive to February 2022, for certain travel and immigration documents like Canadian passports, permanent resident travel documents, proof of citizenship, visitor visas and work and study permits.
  • An updated web page to provide current information on measures. This page will include content in Ukrainian for ease of reference.
  • Permission for Ukrainians currently in Canada to extend their stay longer in Canada by prioritizing the renewal of work and study permits and also extending a policy that will allow individuals to apply for a work permit from within Canada. This policy would also allow 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.

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