Canada is launching a new Pathway to Permanent Residency to continue providing support to Ukrainians in response to the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.
The New Pathway to Permanent Residency to Support Ukrainians:
The Canadian Government has announced a New Pathway, tailored for Ukrainians who are fleeing Russia’s illegal invasion of Ukraine. Starting October 23, 2023, those who are in Canada on a Temporary resident status and are accompanying a family member in Canada can apply for Permanent Residency. The only requirements are:
- You must be present in Canada
- Spouses, common-law partner, parents, grandparents, siblings, children or grandchildren to a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident are eligible to apply
This program is announced to reunite families who are trying to escape the violence in their home countries so they can settle in their new communities. More details on this program are expected to be announced on October 23, 2023. This pathway will stay in effect until October 22, 2024.
Moreover, all the application fees are waived for those applying for Permanent Residency through this New Pathway.
Introduced in March 2022, the CUAET has been instrumental in offering temporary protection to more than 166,000 Ukrainians, giving them a safe haven:
- The CUAET allowed Ukrainians and their immediate family members to reside in Canada temporarily for up to three years.
- Ukrainians had until July 15, 2023, to apply for a CUAET visa free of charge.
- Current CUAET visa holders in Canada have until March 31, 2024, to extend or adjust their temporary status through these measures, without any charges.
Support After the End of CUAET
Even after the end of the CUAET program, Canada continues to extend support to Ukrainians:
- Ukrainians and their family members can apply for a temporary resident visa under pre-existing immigration measures after the end of the CUAET program.
- Temporary residents can apply for an extended stay of up to three years via study permits and open work permits.
- They will also have access to various settlement services like language training and employment services.
Fees and Standard Requirements: What Changes After July 16, 2023?
Will this Impact the Quotas for Parents and Grandparents Program
The introduction of this new pathway for Canadian permanent residency will not impact the existing Parents and Grandparents Program. Ukrainians accepted under this new pathway are in addition to any family members who arrive in Canada through this program.
As Canada takes another significant step towards helping the people of Ukraine during these turbulent times, the country once again exemplifies its reputation as a compassionate and welcoming nation.