In the statement made on the official website of the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, it was announced that more than 166,000 people have benefited from the Ukraine Emergency Travel Authorization (CUAET) Program, which was launched in March 2022 for Ukrainians with any relatives in Canada.
In the statement, it was stated that these people still have temporary residence status, but with the new decision, they can apply for a permanent residence permit free of charge as of October 23, 2023.
Pointing out that the decision is an effort to provide long-term support to “families separated due to war”, the statement noted that the new application will remain open for one year until October 22, 2024, and it is aimed to complete the application within this period.
A separate program is also being launched for Hong Kongers
On the other hand, Canada is launching a separate immigration program for Hong Kongers after China restricted civil liberties in the former British colony of Hong Kong.
In the statement of the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration Canada, it was emphasized that from 15 August, an education requirement will no longer be required for Hong Kongers who apply for permanent residence in Canada and have any work experience in this country.
In the statement, it was also stated that there will be no number limit for Hong Kongers who meet the conditions.
Canada accepted 55 thousand Syrian refugees with a program it started in 2015.