Immigration programs and resources
The Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) allows all Ukrainian nationals and their family members to apply for a visitor visa to enter Canada and remain in Canada up to 3 years from the time of entry. Here is the link to apply for the CUAET (Online only). Note: prospective CUAET applicants need to sign in to their GCKey account or create a new account. Here is the link to create an account.
The Fasken law firm has created a step-by-step guide for applying under the CUAET program in English, Ukrainian and Russian languages. There are also video tutorials about how to apply under the CUAET program, in English and in Ukrainian.
The Ukrainian Canadian Bar Association has created a series of webinars, in which Canadian immigration lawyers discuss various Canadian immigration programs and answer frequently asked questions. For all webinar recordings, see this link.
The Canadian Bar Association has compiled a list of lawyers who may provide pro bono assistance to Ukrainians.
The CUAET allows Ukrainian visa applicants to apply for a free open work permit, which would allow displaced Ukrainians and their family members to be able to work in Canada. Additionally, Ukrainian nationals who are already in Canada or who arrive in Canada on a visa other than the CUAET visitor visa but are eligible for the CUAET visitor visa can apply for this open work permit online.
The federal government has also launched a Jobs for Ukraine website, which Ukrainians in Canada can use to search for jobs if they wish to work.
The Canadian federal government has announced that Settlement Program services, which are typically only available to permanent residents, will be extended until March 31, 2023, for temporary residents in Canada eligible under the CUAET. Key services that are available to Ukrainians as they settle into their new communities in Canada include: language training; information about, and orientation to, life in Canada, such as help with enrolling children in school; information and services to help access the labour market, including mentoring, networking, counselling, skills development and training; activities that promote connections with communities; assessments of other needs Ukrainians may have and referrals to appropriate agencies; services targeted to the needs of women, seniors, youth and LGBTQ2+ persons; and other settlement supports available through the settlement program.
Find out how to prepare for your journey to Canada, what you can expect when you arrive at this link.
The following information is available to Ukrainians arriving in different provinces:
For immigration related questions or to find a Ukrainian lawyer in your province, please visit our membership directory or contact us at:
The Ukrainian Canadian Bar Association at email@example.com
Compiled by Olha Senyshyn, UCBA Executive, Chair of the Immigration and Refugee Assistance Committee.