Canada expedites temporary visas for Ukrainians, launches family reunification plan – Canada News

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Canada expedites temporary visas for Ukrainians, launches family reunification plan - Canada News

Temporary visas expedited

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Immigration Secretary Sean Fraser says Ukrainians fleeing Russian aggression can find safe haven in Canada by using expedited temporary visas for emergency travel.

Fraser says the government will issue fast-track visas for those who come to Canada to work and want to return home when it’s safe.

He says these visas will take just a few weeks to process, instead of the usual year.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, UNHCR, says the number of refugees who have fled Ukraine to neighboring countries since Russia’s attacks last week has now reached one million.

Fraser also announced a new reunification program for Ukrainians with family members in Canada who wish to come and stay here permanently.

The government has also encouraged refugees to continue to apply through traditional immigration flows to Canada and says their applications will also be expedited.