Canada’s New Immigration Opportunity for Ukrainians: Canadian officials immediately assisted Ukrainians fleeing the war when the invasion of Ukraine was announced. Canadians have been impressed by the tenacity and fortitude of Ukrainians, and our country remains committed to supporting Ukraine’s independence and the democratic principles that we share.

After Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Minister, Sean Fraser, unveiled the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) today.

Canada’s Immigration Opportunity for Ukrainians

How does the CUAET work?

CUAET is an acronym for the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel. CUAET provides Ukrainian refugees seeking a safe haven in Canada during times of war with a unique, expedited temporary residency program.

Do Ukrainians need a temporary visa to enter Canada under the CUAET?

Definitely! Ukrainians and their families looking to leave the country can obtain CUAETs. In addition to the CUAET, you can also apply for a work visa while in Canada, which will allow Ukrainians to work there during that time. Ukraine’s citizens can enjoy a range of benefits including business opportunities and public schools while they are in Canada. Ukrainians in Canada may also apply for a student visa if they are interested in studying.

CUAET Qualifications: Who Qualifies?

Applicants for the CUAET, which allows them to live in Canada, must be Ukrainian or have immediate family members who are Ukrainians.

A Guide to Applying for the CUAET

In order to apply for a Canadian visitor visa, Ukrainian applicants must first obtain a visitor visa from outside the country and then submit their biometrics, including their photo and fingerprint.

It is strongly recommended that those applying for a visa simultaneously apply for an open work permit valid for three years. Once they have this permit, they can work in Canada. This unique visa and permit system eliminates many of the standard procedures associated with other visas and permits.

Anyone who wishes to pursue post-secondary education in Canada can apply for a study visa once they have arrived in Canada. Elementary and high school students can enroll and begin attending school immediately upon arriving in Canada.

Without a passport, is it still possible to apply for the CUAET?

Even without a passport, applicants are still eligible to apply. If necessary, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will issue a single voyage travel document.

Ukraine is exempt from the requirement that its citizens receive COVID-19 vaccinations prior to entering Canada. All other public health obligations related to travel must, however, be followed, including quarantine and testing. With a few exceptions, all foreign visitors to Canada must use ArriveCAN, including those entering under the CUAET.

The Canadian government arranges charter flights to assist Ukrainian refugees in their arrival


In addition, the Canadian government provides temporary settlement assistance until March 31, 2023, to help Ukrainians settle into their new communities via CUAET. In addition to language training, information, and services aimed at helping them enter the workforce, this support includes mentoring, networking, counseling, skills development, and training.

A number of initiatives have been announced by the Canadian provinces to assist newly arrived Ukrainians with assistance from their Ukrainian-Canadian organizations, the settlement sector, community groups, and non-governmental organizations. Orientation services, temporary accommodations, meals, financial assistance, and access to health services are among the resources available.

Approximately 91,500 visas have been approved as of May 4, 2022, according to the most recent available data.