Ottawa: Canada has been taking steps to help Ukrainians who have been displaced due to invasion by Russia.
On Wednesday, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Sean Fraser announced that Canada will extend the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET).
Sean Fraser said this move will mean that Ukrainians and their family members will have until July 15 to apply overseas for a CUAET visa free of charge. Besides, 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.
In a statement, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) said settlement services will remain available to Ukrainians and their family members after they arrive so that they can fully participate in Canadian communities while they are here.
“Ukrainians and their family members will also continue to benefit from the one-time transitional financial support, as well as from access to emergency accommodations for up to two weeks, if needed after they arrive in Canada,” the IRCC said.
“We remain committed to helping those fleeing Russia’s illegal and unjustifiable invasion of Ukraine. We continue working to provide Ukrainians with a temporary safe haven and the vital settlement services and supports they need to thrive in communities across Canada. Canada will continue to stand with the people of Ukraine, including those who’ve been forced to flee Russia’s senseless invasion,” said Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Minister Sean Fraser.