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Ethiopian and Ukraine air disasters

Families of victims of Ethiopian and Ukraine air disasters to get Canadian PR

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On May 12, 2021, Canada announced a new public policy to facilitate immigration procedures for the families of the victims of the Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 tragedies. The policy involves special measures to help these families come to Canada and settlement support for them.

The new public policy offers a pathway to permanent residence for eligible families of Canadian victims of the tragedies.

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At this time the new policy applies only to members of victims’ families who are currently in Canada. In-Canada families of victims who were Canadian citizens, permanent residents or foreign nationals who were found eligible on their permanent residence application can apply for permanent residence under the new policy.

You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) says that it is working on further measures to facilitate permanent residence applications for certain members of victims’ families who are outside Canada, and an announcement will be made once those measures are in place.

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The policy will remain in effect until May 11, 2022.

All standard fees and biometric requirements apply under this public policy. Standard admissibility requirements also apply. However, applicants are still eligible even if they have lost their status in Canada.

IRCC is also extending the original temporary residence public policy for families of victims of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752. This will allow the individuals who were initially issued temporary resident visas following the disaster, but who did not travel, to continue to benefit from specialized assistance and come to Canada if they wish to. It will also help those who did travel to Canada with a temporary resident visa and who are now eligible to apply for permanent residence under this new public policy, as they will be able to extend their temporary resident status until their permanent residence application is processed.

Who can apply

To be eligible to apply, you must

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  • be in Canada
  • be related to one of the victims who passed away on the ET302 or PS752 flights, and your relationship type must be listed in the public policy
  • not be inadmissible to Canada (and your family members must not be either), unless you
    • entered Canada without the visa or other document set out in Canada’s immigration law
    • overstayed a visa, visitor record, work permit, study permit or temporary resident permit
    • worked or studied without the proper authorizationOne of these must also apply to you:
    • You were in Canada with valid temporary resident status when the air disaster happened.
    • You were given temporary resident status or a temporary resident permit after the disaster happened. You must have applied for temporary resident status before March 23, 2021.
    • You made a refugee claim in Canada on or after the date of the air disaster.
    • You were approved for a temporary resident visa or permit under the 2020 or 2021 temporary residence public policy for families of victims of PS752.

See the instruction guide for more about who’s eligible.

Relatives of a victim of one of the air disasters

To qualify for this public policy, you must be related to a victim of the ET302 or PS752 air disaster who was a

  • Canadian citizen
  • permanent resident
  • foreign national who was found eligible on their permanent residence application

You must have been a victim’s

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  • spouse or common-law partner
  • child
  • parent
  • grandparent
  • grandchild
  • sibling (including half-siblings)
  • aunt or uncle (the sibling of a victim’s parent)
  • nephew or niece (the child of a victim’s sibling)

or

You must be one of these relatives of the spouse or common-law partner of a victim:

  • child
  • parent
  • grandparent
  • grandchild
  • sibling (including half-siblings)
  • aunt or uncle (the sibling of a victim’s parent)
  • nephew or niece (the child of a victim’s sibling)

Who can’t apply

You’re not eligible under this process if

See the instruction guide for detailed eligibility criteria.

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Who you can include in your application

You can include members of your family in your application if

  • they’re living in Canada
  • they meet all the medical, criminal, security and financial requirements to become permanent residents of Canada

You must declare members of your family living outside Canada on your permanent residence application. If you don’t, you won’t be able to sponsor them later.

Quotes

“All Canadians mourned the loss of those who died in the tragedies involving Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752. At the centre of these disasters are the grieving families, who need wide-ranging support from the Government of Canada. This new pathway to permanent residence is one of the ways we are helping families of Canadian victims cope, in the hope that they may build their lives in Canada.”

—The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, P.C., M.P., Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

On March 10, 2019, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 crashed near the town of Bishoftu, Ethiopia, claiming the lives of 157 people, including 18 Canadians and many others with ties to Canada.

On January 8, 2020, a passenger jet carrying 55 Canadian citizens and 30 permanent residents was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile, in Tehran. Of the 176 innocent people who died on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, 138 had ties to Canada.

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Special Advisor Ralph Goodale’s report on the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 was released in December 2020. It underscores how vital it is for the investigation into this air disaster to be transparent and ensure accountability.

In response to the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, IRCC put special immigration measures in place, such as dedicated phone and email channels for immigration support and public policies to facilitate the issuance of temporary resident visas as well as extensions of temporary resident status for those unable to return home because of the ongoing global travel restrictions.

Through the Safer Skies Initiative, Canada is working with international organizations, the civil aviation industry and the International Civil Aviation Organization to enhance the level of safety and security for commercial airlines travelling in higher-risk areas and to prevent future tragedies.

In honour of the victims of air tragedies, such as the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and the downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752, the Government of Canada designated January 8 of every year as the National Day of Remembrance for Victims of Air Disasters.


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You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.