Ukraine Crisis (last updated May 17, 2022)
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Canada’s response to the Russian occupation of Ukraine is evolving rapidly, specifically related to immigration-related decisions on whether and how displaced Ukrainians may be able to enter Canada on a temporary or permanent basis.
Please refer to the announcement that follows the below FAQ.
Q – How many Ukrainians have come or have applied to come to Canada?
A – Please refer to the following IRCC webpage for the latest Ukrainian statistics on arrival by land/air, number of applications submitted, and approvals granted – https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/ukraine-measures/key-figures.html
Q – What preparations is the province of BC undertaking in response to displaced Ukrainians arriving in the province as displaced residents?
A – please see download the MUNI Update #2 – Provincial website and help line 4APR2022 final PDF to learn more about the preparations being undertaken.
Previous update: MUNI Update #1 – Preparing for the Arrival of Displaced Ukrainians – 30MAR2022 PDF
Q – When did Ukrainians fleeing the war start to arrive in Canada?
A – From IRCC Minister Fraser’s announcement on March 17 on Canada’s immigration system/process for interested Ukrainians wishing to come to Canada as temporary residents, there is no timeframe on when people might start arriving in this country. Since January 1, 2022, did you know that over 28,000 (by land and air) Ukrainians have come to Canada under various immigration streams?
Q – Why does the Government of Canada not consider Ukrainians that will come under recently announced temporary or permanent residency refugees?
A – The EU has a generous support package for displaced Ukrainians within Europe. Technically speaking Ukrainians have a durable solution in place and do not need resettlement.
Q – When will the Government of Canada open its processing system for interested Ukrainians wishing to come to Canada as temporary residents or through the family reunification stream?
A – The special Temporary Resident Visa processing system for displaced Ukrainians has been up and running as of March 18, 2022. 80,613 Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel applications have been received and 9,647 have been approved. However, the permanent resident’s process through family reunification will not be operational until sometime in April 2022. 223,664 Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel applications have been received and 104,553 have been approved. The permanent resident’s process through family reunification has been operational since April 2022.
Q – Will Ukrainians arriving under temporary resident visas with a 3-year open work permit be able to access settlement supports like federally funded adult English language classes?
A – Yes, IRCC Minister Fraser announced on March 30 that Ukrainians under temporary resident visas will be eligible to access federally funded settlement programming. Please see the official announcement below (Government of Canada – News release March 30, 2022—Ottawa).
Q – Will displaced Ukrainians settling in BC be eligible for income support?
A – Yes, the Province of BC is creating access for displaced Ukrainians to BC’s income support system, if needed.
Q – Will Ukrainians have access to the BC health care system upon arrival?
A – Yes, the usual 3 month waiting period has been waived for displaced Ukrainians coming to Canada under the TRV or Family Reunification categories.
Q – Can I sponsor a Ukrainian refugee displaced by the Russian occupation under Canada’s Private Refugee Sponsorship Program?
A – the Government of Canada does not currently consider the Ukrainians that will enter this country as a refugee resettlement humanitarian movement and as such, private sponsorship will not be available.
Q – Will IRCC resettle displaced Ukrainians through the urgent protection category, as an example, as a government-assisted refugee?
A – No, this option is not being considered at this time.
Q – How can I help?
A – Consider making a financial donation to one of the listed agencies below that have been recognized by the Government of Canada. The Government of Canada will match funds – Canada to match up to $10 million in donations from Canadians in response to humanitarian crisis in Ukraine
Government of Canada – News release May 11, 2022—Ottawa, Ontario— Canada continues to stand with the people of Ukraine, including providing them with a temporary safe haven in Canada. We know that some Ukrainians and their family members may need help to travel, and we have been working to provide options for them to come to Canada. (Continue reading)
Government of Canada – News release May 4, 2022—Warsaw, Poland—The Government of Canada is steadfast in its commitment to help Ukrainians and their family members. Since the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) was launched, Canada has approved more than 71,000 applications. We recognize that many Ukrainians may have questions after they submit their applications and their biometric information, and Canada is expanding services on the ground in Europe to better support those who wish to seek temporary safe haven in Canada. (Continue reading)
Government of Canada – News release March 30, 2022—Ottawa—Canada remains steadfast in its commitment to welcome Ukrainians and their families and to provide a safe haven while the war continues in their home country. But their journey does not end when they enter Canada, and we are working to provide additional supports for Ukrainians once they arrive. (continue reading the news release by clicking this link)
Government of Canada – News release March 17, 2022—Ottawa – The resiliency and courage of Ukrainians have inspired the world, and Canada is unwavering in its commitment to provide support to Ukraine as it fights for its sovereignty and for the democratic ideals that our countries share.
In response to Vladimir Putin’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today announced the launch of the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET). The CUAET is a special, accelerated temporary residence pathway for Ukrainians seeking safe haven in Canada while the war in their home country continues. (continue reading the news release by clicking this link)
Government of Canada – News release March 3, 2022—Ottawa – Canada remains steadfast in support of Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity. Ukrainian immigrants have helped build this country, and we stand with the courageous people of Ukraine in upholding the values that our countries share. As part of the Government of Canada’s response to Russia’s full-scale invasion of Ukraine, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is introducing new immigration streams for Ukrainians who want to come to Canada temporarily or permanently. (continue reading the news release by clicking this link)
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