The Canadian government has announced special measures for Syrian and Turkish temporary residents affected by the earthquake.

Key Points:

  • Beginning March 29 until at least Sept. 25, Syrian and Turkish nationals will be able continue to study, work or visit family by applying for an extension free of charge.
  • Syrian and Turkish nationals who are already in Canada will be able to apply for an open work permit and move between temporary categories.
  • Syrian and Turkish nationals will not have to have a passport or travel documents to be approved for a permanent resident visa.
  • New and existing temporary and permanent residence applications from the affected regions, including visitor visa applications for immediate family members of Canadian nationals and permanent residents, will be prioritized.
  • More information regarding the special immigration measures for Syrian and Turkish nationals is available here.

BAL Analysis: Canadian authorities plan to provide more details on the special immigration measures in the coming weeks and may provide additional support to Syrian and Turkish nationals if determined necessary.

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