720,922 CUAET applicants have received approval since March 2022 Via CUAET Program

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CUAET Program

On May 24, 2023, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) updated the number of Ukrainian newcomers arriving in Canada under the Canada-Ukraine authorization for emergency travel (CUAET) through CUAET Program. 

According to the latest update, between January 1, 2022, and May 14, 2023, 30,020 Ukrainians arrived in Canada by land, and 192,390 Ukrainians reached by air

Between March 17, 2022, and May 6, 2023, IRCC received 1,028,223 applications under the CUAET

In total, IRCC has approved 720,922 applications from Ukrainian nationals. From March 17, 2022, to May 6, 2023, 154,981 Ukrainian arrived in Canada under the CUAET program.


About the CUAET Program

One of the many unique programs the Canadian government took to assist the people of Ukraine is the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for emergency travel (CUAET). It offers free, extended temporary status to Ukrainians and their families, enabling them to live, work, and study in Canada until it is safe for them to return home.  

Before, during, and after their immigration to Canada, Ukrainians and their families continue to receive support from settlement organizations and non-governmental organizations across the country. Local settlement service providers will continue to recommend CUAET clients apply for temporary housing and support help.

Benefits and Features of the Program

Ukrainians and their relatives migrating to Canada from abroad

  • can apply for a free visitor visa and might be given permission to stay in Canada for three years rather than the usual six-month period.
  • have the opportunity to submit a free open work permit application along with their visa application, allowing them to find work as soon as possible.
  • will, in ordinary, non-complex cases, have their electronic visa application processed within 14 days of receiving a complete application.
  • They are exempt from the COVID-19 vaccination requirements for acceptance into Canada, but they still have to submit to all other public health standards for travel, such as testing and quarantine.

Ukrainians who receive or currently have temporary status in Canada, with their families

  • may for a three-year extension of their temporary residence status.
  • can leave and enter Canada whenever their visa remains in issue.
  • can do this without paying for a new employment or study visa.
  • can submit a free application for a new work or study permit.
  • are qualified to enroll in both elementary and secondary education.
  • If they weren’t doing so when initially reaching Canada, they could’ve been asked to complete and pay for an immigration medical exam (IME).

Every Ukrainian, with their family members 

  • They will not be charged for most of their application and processing fees, such as visa application fees, fees for biometric data collection, fees for applying for work and study permits, fees for visitor extensions, and fees for renewing work and study permits.
  • all of their IRCC applications will be processed in priority order.
  • If they are qualified, they may apply for permanent residency via a number of different immigration programs and streams.
  • have access to the dedicated service channel of the IRCC.

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