Pathway to permanent residence: In-Canada families of Canadian victims of recent 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.

In order 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 public policy to facilitate the granting of permanent residence to some of the members of their families who are currently in Canada.

Applicants can apply for permanent residence pursuant to this public policy between May 12, 2021, and May 11, 2022.



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