Today, in response to Vladimir Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced the launch of the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET). The CUAET is a special, accelerated temporary residence pathway for Ukrainians seeking safe haven in Canada while the war in their home country continues.

Canada has opened its doors for all war-affected people who are fleeing Ukraine. Canada introduced Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET). With the CUAET, Ukraine and their family members of any nationality may stay in Canada as temporary residents for up to 3 years.

Important points to keep in mind:

  • Applicants overseas need to apply for a visitor visa and provide biometrics (fingerprint and photos).
  • Applicants are encouraged to apply for 3 years open work permit along with their visitor visa application.
  • Open work permit enables them to work in Canada for any employer.
  • Elementary and high school students can register for and start attending school as soon as they arrive in Canada.
  • Applicants who do not hold passports may still apply. Immigration Refugee & Citizenship Canada will issue a single journey travel document.
  • Ukraine workers, students, and visitors who are currently in Canada may extend their work permit or visitor status for 3 years, apply for a new study or work permit or extend their existing permit.
  • Visa applications can be submitted online from anywhere in the world and Biometrics can be given at any VAC center.
  • The processing time for electronic visa applications is within 14 days of receipt of a complete application.
  • The CUAET is a temporary pathway and not a refugee program.
  • There are no fees to be considered for the CUAET for Ukraine and their family.

The Government of Canada is also calling on employers who wish to support Ukrainians with offers of employment to register these offers on Job Bank’s Jobs for Ukraine webpage. Job Bank will then work with local organizations and employers to help connect them with Ukrainians seeking work in their communities.

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Nidhi Dilip Rao

Nidhi Dilip Rao

Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant (RCIC)