Pathway to Permanency: Ukrainians in Canada Eligible for Permanent Residence from October

Posted by in CIC News, on July 17, 2023


In a momentous move, the Canadian government has unveiled an upcoming pathway to permanent residence for Ukrainians in Canada. This announcement, made on Saturday, brings hope and optimism to the Ukrainian community, providing them with a clear opportunity to establish roots in Canada permanently. As we eagerly await further details leading up to the program’s launch in October, this blog post explores the key aspects of the new pathway and the transformative impact it will have on the lives of Ukrainian Canadians.

The New Pathway:

Effective October 23, 2023, Ukrainians in Canada with temporary resident status and at least one family member in Canada will have access to a new immigration pathway to apply for permanent residence. This initiative by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) marks a significant milestone in Canada’s commitment to supporting those affected by conflicts worldwide.

Eligibility Criteria:

Ukrainian spouses, common-law partners, parents, grandparents, siblings, children, and grandchildren of Canadian citizens or permanent residents will be among those eligible for the new pathway. The inclusion of various family ties underscores the government’s emphasis on keeping families united and ensuring their well-being in the Canadian context.

CUAET Visa Holders:

For Ukrainians holding the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) visa, there’s an extended window until March 31, 2024, to travel to Canada under the temporary special measures offered by the Canadian government. While new applications for CUAET closed on July 15, Ukrainians and their family members can still apply for a temporary resident visa (TRV) to enter Canada.

Extended Stays and Support:

Once in Canada on a TRV, Ukrainians and their families will have the opportunity to extend their stays for up to three years through study permits and open work permits, with IRCC prioritizing these applications. Moreover, they will gain access to settlement services, including language training and employment support, which will assist them in integrating seamlessly into Canadian society.

A Heartwarming Success:

The Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET), launched in March 2022, has been instrumental in facilitating the relocation of over 166,000 Ukrainians to Canada. This success story highlights Canada’s unwavering dedication to providing a safe haven for those affected by conflict and adversity.


The introduction of a new pathway to permanent residence for Ukrainians in Canada is a testament to Canada’s humanitarian spirit and commitment to fostering a diverse and inclusive society. The upcoming program will not only bring families together but also offer Ukrainian Canadians a sense of security and permanency in their adopted home. As we anticipate further details, let us celebrate this compassionate initiative, keeping the flame of hope alive for those seeking refuge and new beginnings in Canada.

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