CANADA – Update on Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) Program

January 19, 2024

By: Nouran Hassan

On March 22, 2023, Canada established the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET). The program was recently extended to provide ongoing support for those affected by the conflict. In this update, we provide an overview of the key elements of CUAET as they stand today.

Travel Period

CUAET visa holders can travel to Canada until March 31, 2024, under special measures.

In-Canada Extensions

Those in Canada with a CUAET visa can extend their status free of charge until March 31, 2024.

Work Permit Processing

Detailed guidelines have been issued for processing work permit applications for Ukrainians and their immediate family members, outlining eligibility criteria and procedures.

Special Measures

The public policy enables Ukrainians and their family members to apply for temporary resident visas and open work permits, both from overseas and within Canada.

Passport Renewal Challenges

Acknowledging difficulties in passport renewal, applicants in Canada are advised to apply for status extension before permit expiry.

In-Canada Work Permit Applications

Applications must be submitted electronically, with exceptions for Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) holders who submit on paper.

Biometrics and Medical Exams

Biometrics are required for those previously exempted, and immigration medical exams may be necessary for in-Canada applicants.

Port of Entry Work Permits

Officers are instructed to issue permits with specific codes and remarks for effective implementation of CUAET benefits.

Non-Compliance Measures

A phased approach will be taken for non-compliant applications, including procedural fairness letters and potential refusal for unmet document requests.

The comprehensive measures aim to provide assistance and flexibility for Ukrainians affected by the conflict, emphasizing a commitment to humanitarian support.

As always, don’t hesitate to reach out to your Newland Chase dedicated contact or submit an inquiry here should you have any specific questions regarding this announcement.

This immigration update is for informational purposes only and is not a substitute for legal or scenario-specific advice. Furthermore, it is important to note that immigration announcements are subject to sudden and unexpected changes. Readers are encouraged to reach out to Newland Chase for any case- or company-specific assessments.