IRCC announces new measures to support Moroccan nationals
On October 26, 2023, the Government of Canada announced new measures to support Moroccan nationals so that Moroccan nationals in Canada can extend their study, work, or family visit status without charge, effective October 19, 2023.
These special measures apply to those in Canada as of September 8, when the earthquake occurred, and are designed to facilitate the extension of temporary status or transitioning between temporary streams. The measures will remain in effect until March 12, 2024.
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has prioritized processing temporary and permanent residence applications received on or before September 8, 2023, from people affected by the earthquake.
Details of the new measures to support Moroccan nationals
As part of Canada’s response to the situation in Morocco, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada has prioritized temporary and permanent residence applications from people affected by the devastating earthquake received on or before September 8, 2023. This includes visitor visa applications for immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, as well as existing refugee resettlement applications. The Canadian government is now taking steps to make it easier for Moroccan nationals who are already in Canada to extend their stay.
Recognizing that some people may have lost their travel documents as a result of the earthquake, IRCC will waive the requirement that applicants hold a passport or travel document in order to be approved for a permanent resident visa to enter Canada. We are also making it easier for Moroccan Canadian citizens and permanent residents to return to Canada by waiving fees for temporary passports, limited-validity passports, and emergency travel documents, as well as Canadian citizenship certificates and permanent resident travel documents.
These measures will be in effect from October 19, 2023, to March 12, 2024.
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