Foreign citizens who want to immigrate and apply for residency in Canada have various options. When it comes to Ukrainian citizens, however, special entry conditions are also available, as a consequence of the difficult situation in that part of Europe.
If you want to immigrate to Canada from Ukraine and need support, below you can find details on both regular options and the special one, that applies to refugees. You can rely on our immigration lawyers in Canada for support in each situation.
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The main pathways for moving to Canada from Ukraine
As a Ukrainian citizen, you have two options to relocate to Canada. The first one is to come here as a regular immigrant, whether you come from Ukraine or another country you’ve obtained the refugee status. The second one is to apply for the refugee status directly in Canada.
Here are your options as a person who want to move to Canada from Ukraine the usual way:
- the work visa, one of the most popular visas in Canada due to the high employment chances;
- the business immigrant visa, which allows foreign investors to settle in Canada by founding a company;
- the permanent residence permit for Canada, which is subject to the rules of the program with the same name.
Canada is one of the most popular immigration destinations in the world thanks to the numerous programs that can be used to relocate here. You can find out details about a particular scheme from one of our Canadian immigration lawyers.
We also offer support to those who want to immigrate to Canada from USA, for example.
The Authorization for Emergency Travel for Ukrainian citizens
The Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) is available for Ukrainians who want to move to Canada temporarily. This unique route was created to speed up the immigration procedure that had to do with the customary visa criteria.
Ukrainians and their immediate family members, regardless of nationality, will be permitted to stay in Canada for up to 3 years after a background and security check, or biometrics. The number of Ukrainians who can apply for this program is unlimited for the moment. In this case, the entry visa can be obtained online.
If you decide on this option, there are also other aspects to consider and which can be explained by our Canadian immigration lawyer.
The 3-year open work permit for Ukrainian citizens
Ukrainian citizens who want to immigrate to Canada are advised to take into account the Canadian Government’s proposal of applying for both an entry-visa and a 3-year open work permit.
The main benefit of open work permits is that they facilitate unrestricted movement, whether it be between jobs, employers or professions in Canada. Some conditions related to acquiring a work permit in Canada are not applicable to open work permits. For example, to qualify for this type of work visa, one does not need to have a job offer or a favorable Labor Market Impact Assessment.
Should you decide to immigrate to Canada from Ukraine this way, you can reach out to our specialists for tailored support.
How many Ukrainians live in Canada?
According to the most recent statistics gathered by the National Statistics Center in Canada:
- at the end of 2019, 2,995 new permanent residence permits were issued to Ukrainian citizens coming to Canada;
- in 2020, Ukraine ranked 22nd in terms of countries sourcing permanent residents to Canada;
- between January and November 2020, the number of Canadian permanent residence with Ukrainian citizenship rose by 47.6%.
If you want to move to Canada and need support, do not hesitate to contact us. Our specialists can help you immigrate from any country.