The Canadian government has launched the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) program 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.
  • Applicants who are overseas must apply online for a Canadian visitor visa and provide their biometrics. Individuals may simultaneously request 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.
  • Ukrainian workers, students and visitors and their immediate family members who are currently in Canada can now apply to extend their status for three years, apply for a new work or study permit or extend their existing permit.

Additional Information: Canadian authorities waived most application fees under the CUAET program, including visa application fees, biometric collection fees, permit fees, visitor extension fees and renewal fees. Applications submitted under the CUAET program will be prioritized for processing and individuals should expect to receive their visa within 14 days in normal cases. More information regarding the CUAET program is available here.

BAL Analysis: The Canadian government continues to consider other immigration concessions for Ukrainian nationals and their family members. Additional details are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. 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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