The Canadian government has announced special immigration measures for those affected by the wildfires in Canada.

Key Points:

  • Canadian authorities will issue free replacement documents for Canadian nationals, permanent residents and temporary residents directly affected by the wildfires. Free replacements include:
    • Permanent resident cards.
    • Canadian citizenship certificates.
    • Canadian passports and other travel documents.
  • International students, temporary foreign workers and other visitors who have been directly affected by the wildfires and whose status will expire by Sept. 30 can apply, restore or extend their status in Canada free of charge.
  • The special immigration measures are in effect until Sept. 30, 2023.

Additional Information: More information about who is eligible, how to apply and what replacement documents are covered under the special measures is available on this website. Those who apply for an extension of their work permit continue to benefit from maintained status while their application is being processed and remain eligible to work as per the conditions of their original work permit.

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