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Canada Announces New Measures in Support of Ukraine Citizens Near and Far

Amidst the ongoing crisis in Ukraine, Canada has stepped up to provide substantial support to the affected Ukrainian citizens. This article aims to provide a detailed overview of these relief measures.


The world watches as the Ukraine crisis continues to unfold. In these trying times, Canada has proven to be a beacon of hope, offering crucial support to the people of Ukraine. It has done so by implementing measures to expedite the processing of travel documents, granting citizenship, extending work and study permits, and more.

Canada's Announcement in Support of Ukraine Citizens

On February 24, 2022, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced a new initiative designed to provide assistance to Ukrainians affected by the ongoing crisis. The policy aims to expedite the processing of several key documents and applications.

The Prime Minister's Announcement

The Prime Minister outlined some key steps Canada is taking to assist those impacted by the crisis.

  • Swift processing of travel documents for Ukrainian citizens, permanent residents of Ukraine, and their immediate families.

  • Fast-tracking the approval of citizenship grants for adoptions involving Ukraine citizens.

  • Prioritizing the processing of permanent and temporary residence applications from Ukrainian citizens.

  • Speeding up the renewal of work and study permit applications from Ukrainians currently residing in Canada.

The Minister of IRCC's Announcement

Following the Prime Minister's announcement, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced additional measures on March 3. These include the creation of the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel Policy (CUAET).

The Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel Policy (CUAET)

The CUAET aims to facilitate the swift arrival of Ukrainians and their family members in Canada. It also allows them to work and study in Canada, ensuring a smooth transition during these challenging times.

The Benefits for Ukrainians in Canada

The measures implemented by Canada also extend benefits to Ukrainians already residing in the country. They can extend their visitor status, work permits, or study permits, which allows them to continue living in Canada temporarily until the crisis is resolved.

More Information on the Provisions

To learn more about these provisions and how they may directly affect your situation, you can visit the CUAET website.

  1. Who can apply for these benefits? Any Ukrainian citizen, permanent resident, and their immediate family members are eligible to apply.

  2. How long will it take for my application to be processed? The processing time varies depending on the type of application. However, the Canadian government is prioritizing applications related to the Ukraine crisis.


Canada's supportive measures for Ukrainian citizens exemplify the country's commitment to helping those affected by the Ukraine crisis. Through these initiatives, Canada continues to stand in solidarity with Ukraine, offering aid and support in these challenging times.

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This update has been compiled with the latest available information for the general information of Border Law clients and other interested parties. This Update is not comprehensive and should not be relied upon without appropriate legal advice.


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