Canada Ends CUAET for Ukrainians

Canada Ends CUAET for Ukrainians; Those in Canada Not Facing Deportation

Immigration Minister Marc Miller has assured that Canada will not repatriate Ukrainians currently in the country under the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET), even if their visas have expired, as long as the conflict with Russia persists. Despite the imminent closure of the CUAET program, which has seen over 960,000 approved applications, only a fraction have migrated to Canada.

However, as Ukrainians express a desire to stay permanently, advocacy groups urge the Canadian government to provide a pathway to permanent residency, citing the limitations of the temporary status offered by CUAET.

As of March 31, 2024, significant changes have taken place regarding the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program, impacting the eligibility of Ukrainians seeking entry into Canada. These changes mark the culmination of deadlines outlined by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), affecting both present and current beneficiaries of the program.

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End of CUAET Special Measures

Deadlines 1 and 2: CUAET Program Closure

Today serves as the final opportunity for eligible visa holders under the CUAET program to enter Canada and access the specialized support provided by IRCC. While nearly one million Ukrainians were approved under CUAET, only a fraction have arrived in Canada as of February 2024, highlighting the urgency of these deadlines. From April 1, 2024, onward, individuals arriving in Canada must adhere to general entry requirements and are ineligible for CUAET-related assistance.

Transition to Post-CUAET Measures

Deadline 3: Post-CUAET Measures Application Deadline

For Ukrainians currently residing in Canada under the CUAET program, today signifies the deadline to apply for extensions or changes to their temporary resident status through IRCC’s post-CUAET measures. This includes applications for open work permits, study permits, or extensions of stay for up to three years. Failure to meet this deadline may result in changes to their immigration status and eligibility for support.

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Understanding CUAET Program

The CUAET program was instituted to offer temporary status to Ukrainians and their families in Canada until it’s deemed safe for them to return home. This initiative provided a dedicated pathway for Ukrainian nationals to obtain temporary resident status for up to three years, along with waived application fees and opportunities for open work permits.

Exploring Alternatives

While the closure of the CUAET program brings changes, alternative pathways exist for Ukrainians seeking to establish permanent residence in Canada. IRCC has introduced two family sponsorship streams specifically for Ukrainians with Canadian family ties, offering avenues for permanent residency based on familial relationships and existing community connections.

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Transitioning Forward

As Ukraine continues to navigate challenges, Canada remains committed to supporting Ukrainians seeking refuge and opportunities for a better future. While the conclusion of the CUAET program signifies a shift in immigration measures, it underscores the resilience and adaptability of both nations in times of crisis. By exploring alternative pathways and leveraging existing community ties, Ukrainians can continue their journey toward stability and prosperity in Canada.

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