The Canadian government has extended the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel pathway for Ukrainian nationals.

Key Points:

  • Ukrainian nationals and their immediate family members can stay and work or study in Canada as temporary residents for up to three years instead of six months under the CUAET program.
  • Ukrainians and their family members will have until July 15, 2023, to apply overseas for a CUAET visa free of charge.
  • Anyone holding a CUAET visa will have until March 31, 2024, to travel to Canada under the special measures.
  • CUAET holders who are already here in Canada will have until March 31, 2024, to extend or adjust their temporary status through these measures.
  • Applicants who are overseas must apply online for a Canadian visitor visa and provide their biometrics. Individuals should simultaneously submit an application for a three-year open work permit. Detailed application instructions are available here.
    • Applicants who do not have a valid passport can still apply and Canadian authorities will provide a single-use travel document on a case-by-case basis.

Additional Information: Canadian authorities waived most application fees under the CUAET program, including visa fees. Settlement services will remain available to Ukrainians and their family members after they arrive so that they can fully participate in Canadian communities while they are here. Ukrainians and their family members will also continue to benefit from the one-time transitional financial support, as well as from access to emergency accommodations for up to two weeks upon arrival in Canada. More information regarding the CUAET program is available here.

BAL Analysis: The Canadian government extended the CUAET program as the war in Ukraine continues. Employers and employees are reminded that actions taken as a result of the invasion of Ukraine may change with little or no notice.

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