The Canadian government has waived immigration fees for family members of Canadian nationals and residents who fled Sudan.

Key Points:

  • Foreign nationals who fled Sudan can apply for temporary residence without paying processing fees if they:
    • Have a family member who is a Canadian national or permanent resident, and they left Sudan on or after April 15, 2023.
    • Are currently outside of Sudan.
  • Sudanese nationals who arrive in Canada before July 15, 2023, will be eligible to apply for an open work permit, study permit or permanent residence under the family class without paying processing fees.
  • More information regarding the special immigration measures for Sudanese nationals is available here.

Additional Information: Individuals who were evacuated by Canada or its partners must provide proof of eligibility. Those who left on their own must prove that they are an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, and provide proof of their location in Sudan together before April 15, 2023.

BAL Analysis: Canadian authorities plan to provide more information on how to apply for these special immigration measures from inside of Canada in the coming weeks and may provide additional support to Sudanese nationals if determined necessary.

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