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Ukrainian Crisis

 

An Appeal to Host Ukrainian Nationals (Food and Lodging)

While the Ministry of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has not established a refugee resettlement pathway for Ukrainians, they have created the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) program for Ukrainian nationals and their family members.  They are able to apply for a temporary resident visa to travel to and to stay in Canada.  This temporary visa can be extended for up to three years. 

Many Ukrainian nationals have already taken advantage of the CUAET program, with over 51k having already arrived to Canada, a further 137k having been approved for travel to Canada, and an additional 313k who have applied, and whose applications are currently in process.

With these large numbers, there is an urgent need for those able to host those arriving under this program.  While some of those arriving have family or friends in Canada that are able to host, many are arriving without any links to those in Canada, and as a result are  vulnerable to human trafficking and exploitation.

ORAT has already received a number of inquiries from those who would like to host a Ukrainian family.   But more hosts are needed.  We would ask those that are interested in hosting a family to email the completed host information form to oratrefugeeoffice@archtoronto.org. Please include “Ukrainian Crisis” in the subject line.  Please click here to access the form.