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Canada steps-up in support of Ukraine

Published Date: 7th March 2022

Immigration Minister Sean Fraser made a recent announcement. In this, they stated the launch of new immigration pathways being specifically designed for fast-tracked immigration of Ukrainians.

The Immigration Minister of Canada, Sean Fraser, made a recent announcement where he demonstrated the continued support of Canada towards humanity. In light of the current war between Ukraine and Russia, Canada is aiming to help as many civilians as they can. For this they have launched two new immigration streams which will focus solely on reviewing and accepting the applications of Ukrainians wishing to leave Ukraine in these tough times.

  • Under the new visa program, Canada Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel the candidates will get an open work permit in addition to open study permits. Also, Canadian employers are highly advised to recruit as many Ukraine nationals as they can to do their part.
  • Federal government has even waived most of the typical visa requirements making the process of application for the candidates even more hassle-free.
  • The measures are designed keeping in mind the varied purpose of migration of different candidates. Thus, there are separate programs aiming to provide both temporary residence and permanent residence in Canada. More so, the country is willing to accept applications for unvaccinated travelers as well.
  • Ukraine nationals residing in Canada can even apply for an extension to continue staying, working or studying in the country. Furthermore, review of applications of those Canadians will also be fast-tracked who are currently stuck in Ukraine.

The provinces of Canada are contributing their part as well in support of these measures. In a recent PNP draw held by Saskatchewan on 4th March 2022, total of 36 invitations were issued specially to Ukraine nationals under varied streams. The Express Entry Stream invited 14 Ukrainians having a minimum Comprehensive System Score of 61 while the Occupations in-demand Stream invited 22 candidates with a minimum CRS Score of 60 points. From this draw and many similar measures released by Quebec, it is evident that Canada is willing to do whatever they can to aid people during the time of war.

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