Canada has unveiled additional immigration assistance to Lebanese nationals following last month’s tragic explosion in the capital, Beirut.
The supports were announced on Sept. 3rd, some weeks after Canada established an immigration task force to assist Lebanese nationals impacted by the explosion.
The federal government of Canada will prioritize travel documents for Canadians in Lebanon, as well as waive some processing fees in order to help such people return to Canada.
Canada’s immigration department (i.e IRCC) is also prioritizing visitor visa applications for the immediate family members of Canadians that were personally impacted by the Beirut explosion. Immediate family members may include:
- Common-law partners
- Dependent children
- Parent or step-parents
The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) invite individuals in need of immigration assistance to read its dedicated webpage to find out if they are qualified for the special immigration measures Canada has put in place.
After reading the webpage, IRCC indicates that nationals can send their questions to IRCC. SituationLebanon-[email protected]. It typically responds to questions within five business days.
How to qualify for assistance
To be eligible for assistance, nationals must:
- Submit an application between Sept. 3rd, 2020 and Jan. 31, 2021
- Follow the instructions listed on IRCC’s website
- Was living in the affected area at the time of the explosion if you are applying as an immediate family member of a Canadian or permanent resident
- Include proof that you were personally affected by the explosion. Types of proof can include documentations listing your copy of medical or residential address or legal documentation
Options if you want to come to Canada as a Lebanese skilled worker
If you are a Lebanese national who wishes to come to Canada as a skilled worker, there are over one hundred different pathways available to you.
There are an estimated 200,000 to 400,000 Lebanese nationals in Canada and around 1,800 Lebanese moves to Canada annually.
Canada conducts an Express Entry draw earlier this week inviting 4,200 successful immigration candidates to apply for Canada immigration.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada has invited almost 70,000 immigration candidates this year.
The first step to being considered for Canadian permanent residence under Express Entry is by seeing if you are qualified for it.