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Canada Renews Special Immigration Measures For Families Of Ukraine Plane Disaster Victims

Canada has resumed special immigration measures for foreign national or citizen family members of victims of the Ukraine plane disaster.

The special immigration measures are aimed at foreign nationals not able to leave Canada because of border closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Those who are eligible will be able to extend their stay in Canada and will be exempted from paying the usual fees.

Of the 176 passengers and crew that lost their lives when Iran mistakenly shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 on January 8, sixty-three (63) were Canadians.

Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752 to Kyiv went down just minutes after taking to the air from Tehran’s international airport at 06:12 local time (02:42 GMT).

The majority of the passengers on board were from Iran and Canada.

The Ukraine embassy in Tehran first blamed engine failures but later removed the statement. It said any statements regarding the cause of the accident prior to a commission’s inquiry was not official.

Among the victims were eighty-two (82) Iranians, Sixty-three (63) Canadians, Eleven (11) Ukrainians including all nine (9) crew, Ten (10) Swedes, four (4) Afghans, three Britons and three Germans, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Vadym Prystaiko said. Fifteen (15) of the dead were children.

Ukrainian officials said 169 people had purchased tickets for the flight but two had not boarded the plane.

Who Qualifies?

  • Holders of a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV) or Temporary Resident Permit (TRP) that will expire before January 16, 2021.
  • Members of the family of a victim of Ukraine International Airlines flight PS752.
  • Candidates have until Jan. 16, 2021 to have their TRV or visitor record restored or extended at no cost.

What Fees Are Waived?

  • TRP extensions ($200)
  • Restoration of temporary resident status ($200)
  • Extension of authorization to stay in Canada as a temporary resident ($100)

How to Apply

Individuals who received a valid TRV or status document (visitor record) between Jan. 10 and June 30, 2020, under the previous measures, can register for an extension of their status.

Candidates must lodge an application before their current status expires. When a candidate applies, they benefit from ‘implied status’ until their application is processed.

If a candidate’s temporary resident status has run out, they can restore it within ninety (90) days of the expiry date.