Pathway to permanent residence: Outside-of-Canada families of Canadian victims of air disasters

This section contains policy, procedures and guidance used by IRCC staff. It is posted on the department’s website as a courtesy to stakeholders.

In the last few years, there have been 2 airline disasters with significant implications for Canadians.

On March 10, 2019, Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 (ET302) crashed shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

On January 8, 2020, Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 (PS752) was shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile shortly after takeoff from Tehran, Iran.

As a result of each of these tragic events, all passengers and crew died, including many Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.

To support the families of Canadian citizens, permanent residents and victims who were in the process of applying for permanent residence, the Government of Canada has published a new temporary public policy to facilitate the issuance of permanent resident visas for spouses or common-law partners, children, and some members of the extended family who are outside Canada, so that they may come to Canada to support the surviving family members of victims of flight ET302 or PS752.

This public policy will also facilitate the issuance of permanent resident visas to outside Canada family members of individuals who were granted permanent residence under the Temporary public policy to facilitate permanent residence for in-Canada families of Canadian victims of recent air disasters.

Applicants can apply for permanent resident visas pursuant to this public policy between August 3, 2022 and August 2, 2023.

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