Canada has announced the launch of a new immigration program that will allow Ukrainians in escape from war to obtain temporary residence permits of up to three years.
“Applications for emergency travel permits between Canada and Ukraine are now open,” said Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Sean Fraser.
In a statement, the Canadian government made it clear that those wishing to use this “special and expedited method of obtaining temporary residency” must submit their application and biometric data (fingerprints and photos) online.
Ukrainian refugees can also apply for work permits and studio.
The program, which represents a significant departure from typical Canadian politics in refugee matter, allows an unlimited number of accredited Ukrainians to find refuge from the Russian offensive in Canada for three years as they decide on the next steps.
The permit of stay allowed was extended to three years from the two years preceding the opening of the application. The government also offered to family members of Ukrainian citizens, regardless of their nationality.
It is difficult to predict what the takeovers will be like, because many refugees have said they want to stay close to their country in awaiting the outcome of the war. The immigration minister estimates there will be tens of thousands of applications.
So far, 9,000 Ukrainians have arrivedin Canada since January, after their applications were speeded up.
The government says more details on settlement plans for people fleeing in Canada will be announced soon, but has so far set up a bulletin board for jobs in which employers can publish available jobs for temporary refugees.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says that three million people have fled Ukraine since the start of the Russian offensive against the country, the vast majority being women, children and the elderly.
In February, the Canadian federal government pledged to prioritize immigration applications from Ukraine in order to provide security protection as quickly as possible for people leaving the country after yesterday’s Russian attack on Ukraine.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau also announced the creation of a new helpline for any Ukrainian in home or abroad who has urgent questions about immigration in Canada.
More than a million Ukrainians live in Canada, according to the 2016 census.
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