CUAETCanada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program
On March 3, 2022, Citizenship and Immigration Canada (IRCC) announced the introduction of the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program. This program is designed to support those Ukrainians affected by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and help Ukrainians and their families to come to Canada as soon as possible, enabling Ukrainians to work and study during their stay until they can return to Ukraine.
CUAET provides a Visitor Visa for temporary stays of Ukrainians in Canada, which:
- is exempt from fees
- enables Ukrainians to stay in Canada as temporary residents for up to 3 years
- is often valid for 10 years or until your passport expires
- Allows you to travel to and from Canada
- is processed on a priority basis
- allows you to apply for a work permit at the same time.
Upon arrival in Canada, Ukrainians are granted one of three statuses:
- non-work permit visitor
- a worker, if they are applying for a work permit for up to three years
- a student, provided they are either a minor or have enrolment documents from a Canadian educational institution.
Temporary residents can apply for permanent residency if they meet the conditions of one of the immigration programs and decide to stay in Canada permanently after their temporary stay ends.
During the period of this government assistance program for Ukrainians, CUAET also allows Ukrainian citizens, if they are already in Canada, to renew their visitor, work or study permit so they can continue to live, work or study in Canada.