Canada Immigration Update
Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel
As part of the Government of Canada's response to the situation in Ukraine, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has created the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for emergency travel (CUAET). This is not a refugee stream, but a bespoke process created to allow Ukrainians and their family members to come to Canada temporarily due to the crisis in that country.
The CUAET allows Ukrainians and their family members to apply for a free visitor visa which can allow for a stay of up to three (3) years. Additional benefits include the ability to apply, free of charge, for an open work permit with their visa application and access to study permits. Applications from Ukrainaians are being prioritized, and those who are eligible for CUAET are exempt from Canada's COVID-19 vaccination entry requirements, but must meet other public health requirements for travel. Exemptions from providing upfront medicals and fee exemptions are also contemplated in the program.
IRCC has established a dedicated service channel for Ukrainian enquiries by phone (613-321-4243) and through IRCC's webform using the keyword Ukraine2022.
To read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/2022/03/canada-ukraine-authorization-for-emergency-travel.html
Fully vaccinated travelers no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID test to enter Canada
Effective April 1, 2022, fully vaccinated travelers will no longer need to provide a pre-entry COVID-19 test to enter Canada by air, land or water. Travelers may still be selected for mandatory random testing on arrival to Canada.
For partially or unvaccinated travelers who are currently allowed to travel to Canada, pre-entry testing requirements remain the same. Unless exempt, all travelers aged 5 years of older must continue to provide proof of an accepted type of pre-entry COVID-19 test result. These include:
A valid negative antigen test, administered by an accredited lab or testing provider, taken outside of Canada no more than 1 day before their flight departure time or arrival time at a land border
- a valid negative molecular test taken no more than 72 hours before their scheduled flight departure or arrival at a land border
- A previous positive molecular test taken at least 10 days days, but not more than 180 days before their schedule flight departure or arrival at the land border
All travelers must continue to submit their information in the ArriveCan app before their arrival in Canada, and those who do not may have to test on arrival and quarantine for 14 days, regardless of vaccination status. Different rules apply to travelers on cruises.
To read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2022/03/government-of-canada-will-remove-pre-entry-test-requirement-for-fully-vaccinated-travellers-on-april-1.html