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Canada

Ukraine nationals in Ukraine

Situations where they can apply for visas in Ukraine

Canada has relocated its diplomatic staff. However, they are still processing online.

Canada will create a Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel, available for individuals fleeing Ukraine. There will be no limit to the number of Ukrainians who can apply. This is the fastest, safest, and most efficient way for Ukrainians to come to Canada and eliminates many of the normal visa requirements. All Ukrainian nationals will be able to apply through this new path, and, pending background check and security screening, their stay in Canada could be extended by at least 2 years. Canada aims to have the extended pathway open for applications in 2 weeks, and, in the interim, we continue to encourage Ukrainians to apply through all programs, and their applications will be prioritized.

Any special considerations

Canada will create a Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel, available for individuals fleeing Ukraine. There will be no limit to the number of Ukrainians who can apply. This is the fastest, safest, and most efficient way for Ukrainians to come to Canada and eliminates many of the normal visa requirements. All Ukrainian nationals will be able to apply through this new path, and, pending background check and security screening, their stay in Canada could be extended by at least 2 years. Canada aims to have the extended pathway open for applications in 2 weeks, and, in the interim, we continue to encourage Ukrainians to apply through all programs, and their applications will be prioritized.

If they cannot apply for visas in Ukraine, alternative options

If an applicant is physically in another country, they can apply through the Canadian consulate where they are located. 

Non-Ukraine nationals in Ukraine

Situations where they can apply for visas in Ukraine

None

Any special considerations

None

If they cannot apply for visas in Ukraine, alternative options

Non-Ukrainian nationals can apply through their home country consulates.

Ukraine nationals in Destination Country

Options

Ukraine nationals in Canada can proceed in the normal course. The Canadian government has extended a temporary public policy that lets some visitors in Canada, including Ukrainians, apply for a work permit from within Canada. This means people who get a job offer can stay in Canada and start working while their work permit application is processed. 

Other considerations

Canada has instituted the CUAET (Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel) program to allow Ukrainians an expedited process to obtain visas and open work permits to allow them to work in Canada for 3 years.

Effective April 1, 2022 at 12:01 am EDT, fully-vaccinated travelers no longer need to show proof of a negative antigen or molecular test prior to their flight or arrival at the border. The move comes two years into the pandemic as travel picks up and provinces and territories end other restrictions.

The federal government still requires all travelers to complete the ArriveCAN app prior to entering Canada, as well as continue to randomly test travelers upon arrival in Canada to identify and track variants.

The Canadian government has announced additional immigration services for Ukrainian nationals in Poland and Germany.

Key Points:

  • The new CI center located within the Canada Biometric Operations Center (CBOC) in Warsaw, Poland, will offer in-person information services to Ukrainian applicants.
  • Ukrainian nationals will have access to essential information, such as guidance on pre- and post-arrival services and support once they arrive in Canada.
  • As of May 4, Canadian authorities opened another CBOC in Berlin, Germany, to shorten wait times for Ukrainian nationals and their families in need of biometric appointments.

Additional Information: The Canadian government continues to provide overseas services to Ukrainian nationals, including at its recently opened temporary Visa Application Center (VAC) opened in Warsaw, Poland. More information regarding the additional overseas services for Ukrainian nationals is available here.

BAL Analysis: Canada has expanded its overseas immigration services for Ukrainian nationals to help those who have been displaced due to Russia’s invasion. Employers and employees are reminded that actions taken as a result of the invasion of Ukraine may change with little or no notice.

Links to latest Government information

https://www.international.gc.ca/world-monde/issues_development-enjeux_developpement/response_conflict-reponse_conflits/crisis-crises/ukraine.aspx?lang=eng

https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2022/03/canada-to-welcome-those-fleeing-the-war-in-ukraine.html

Immigration measures for people affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine – Canada.ca

Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel – Canada.ca

Travel to Canada: Requirements for COVID-19 vaccinated travellers