Wednesday, February 28, 2024

Canada expands support for those escaping Russia’s unlawful and ridiculous attack of Ukraine

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Canada is extending the CUAET program

Canada will remain steadfast in its support for those who have been forced to flee as Russia continues its illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine. This includes giving people the support they need and assisting them in finding a temporary haven in Canada.

The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship, made the announcement today that the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) will be extended by the Canadian government. This indicates:

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  • Ukrainians and their family members will have until July 15, 2023, to apply overseas for a CUAET visa free of charge;
  • Anyone holding a CUAET visa will have until March 31, 2024, to travel to Canada under the special measures; and
  • CUAET holders who are already here in Canada will have until March 31, 2024, to extend or adjust their temporary status through these measures, free of charge.

After they arrive, Ukrainians and their families will have access to settlement services, allowing them to fully participate in Canadian communities. After arriving in Canada, Ukrainians and their families will continue to receive the one-time financial support for the transition as well as access to emergency housing for up to two weeks if necessary.

To welcome Ukrainians fleeing Russia’s illegal war, the Canadian government continues to collaborate closely with partners at the provincial, territorial, and municipal levels, as well as with settlement service providers and the Ukrainian-Canadian community.

These actions expand on the Public authority of Canada’s past activities to help Ukraine’s security and flexibility and to consider Russia responsible for its abominations and violations. We are keeping a close eye on the ongoing requirements of Ukrainians and will modify our response as necessary.

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