Ukraine immigration measures: Open work permits for Ukrainians and their family members
Extension of immigration measures for those affected by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine
We’re extending the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) and other related temporary measures. This includes extensions to
- apply for CUAET
- travel to Canada under the CUAET program
- access settlement services in Canada
See the new dates for when these measures will end.
We’re also extending the one-time financial assistance provided to eligible Ukrainians and their family members.
As a Ukrainian national or a family member of a Ukrainian national, you can apply for an open work permit.
An open work permit allows you to work for almost any employer in Canada. An open work permit is valid for up to 3 years.
On this page
- Who can apply
- How to apply
- If you’re outside Canada
- If you’re in Canada
- After you apply
- Find a job in Canada
Who can apply
You must either be
- a Ukrainian national, or
- a family member of a Ukrainian national
A family member is defined as a
- spouse or common-law partner
- dependent child (yours, your spouse’s or your common-law partner’s) or
- dependent child of a dependent child
How to apply
If you’re outside Canada
If you already have a valid visitor visa
First, you must enter Canada. After you arrive, you follow the steps to apply for a work permit in Canada.
The Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET) is your visitor visa. If you already applied for the CUAET, you don’t need to apply for a visitor visa.
If you don’t have a valid visitor visa
You must apply for a Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel (CUAET). When you apply, we’ll ask if you want to work while you’re in Canada.
Answer “Yes” to apply for an open work permit.
If you applied for the Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel, but you didn’t apply for an open work permit
If you want an open work permit, but you didn’t apply for one when you applied for your Canada-Ukraine Authorization for Emergency Travel, you can either
- get one at the port of entry when you enter Canada or
- apply for one after you’re in Canada
If you’re in Canada
If you apply for temporary residence from inside Canada, you may need to provide biometrics starting February 23, 2023. You won’t have to pay the biometrics fee if you’re in Canada.
Learn more about biometric requirements for CUAET applicants.
How to remove the job restrictions on your open work permit
There may be restrictions on your open work permit because you didn’t have a medical exam before you came to Canada. These restrictions prevent you from working in
- jobs that bring you into close contact with people, such as
- workers in health care settings
- clinical laboratory workers
- patient attendants in nursing and geriatric homes
- medical students admitted to Canada to attend university
- medical electives and physicians on short-term locums
- workers in primary or secondary school settings or workers in child-care settings
- workers who give in-home care to children, the elderly or people with disabilities
- day nursery employees
- other similar jobs
- jobs in agriculture, if you’ve visited or lived in Ukraine or one of these countries for more than 6 months during the past year
You must get a medical exam within 90 days of your arrival. What you need depends on your age.
If you’re 15 years old or older
You need a chest X-ray and a blood test.
If you’re 14 years old
You need a chest X-ray.
You may need to pay a fee for this exam.
Once you get your medical exam results, you can ask to remove these restrictions. To do this, you must follow the instructions below to apply for an open work permit in Canada. Then, we can issue you a new work permit without job restrictions.
As a Ukrainian national or family member of a Ukrainian national, you don’t need to pay any fees to remove the job restrictions on your work permit.
Apply for a work permit in Canada
Follow the steps below to
- apply for an open work permit (new or extension) in Canada
- remove job restrictions on your open work permit
Who can apply
To be eligible, one of the following must apply:
- you have valid status as a visitor or hold a valid study or work permit
- you applied to extend your status before it expired (maintained status)
- you’re eligible to restore your status
If you need to restore your status
When you apply for this public policy in Canada, you’re exempt from paying the
- work permit processing fee (CAN$155)
- open work permit holder fee (CAN$100)
However, if you’ve lost your status, you need to
- restore your previous status
- pay the restoration fee (CAN$200)
How to pay your restoration fee
You need to pay your restoration fee before you apply online:
- Go to Pay your application fees online (make an additional payment or pay other fees).
- Go to the row to pay a Custom amount.
- In the quantity column, enter “200”.
Keep your receipt
After you pay your restoration fee, keep a copy of the receipt. You’ll need to upload it when you apply online for your work permit.
Step 1: Make sure you have what you need
To apply online, you need a scanner or camera to create electronic copies of your documents.
Step 2: Create your online account or sign in
You need an account to apply online. You can use your account to
- submit your application forms
- check your status
How to start your application
Once you sign in to your account, you need to
- go to the Start your application section on the account welcome page
- click Apply to come to Canada
- on the next page, scroll down to the I do not have a personal reference code section
- click on the Visitor visa, study and/or work permit button
- on the next page, select Work
Step 3: Get your document checklist
You must answer some questions to create a personalized document checklist.
Make sure you answer these questions correctly
- Answer “Work” when asked “What would you like to do in Canada?”
- Answer “Temporarily – more than 6 months” when asked “How long are you planning to stay in Canada?”
- Workers and students must select “Worker” when asked What is your current immigration status in Canada?
- For students, this is a temporary measure while we update the application system.
- Answer “yes” when asked:
Does one of the following apply to you?
- I am subject of a removal order that is unenforceable
- I applied for a study or work permit before entering Canada that was approved, but not issued at a port of entry
- I am in primary or secondary school, or a visiting or exchange student, in Canada with visitor status
- I am applying for an open work permit under an active public policy or pilot program announced by IRCC
- I am a student who has completed a program of study that is a prerequisite to my enrolment at a designated learning institution with visitor status in Canada
- I applied for permanent residence and was found eligible (first stage approval) under one of the following classes:
- Spouse or Common-law Partner in Canada
- Humanitarian and Compassionate cases
- Protected Persons in Canada
- Live-in Caregiver in Canada
- Answer “No, I am exempt from paying fees for the application” to the question There are fees associated with this application. Will you be paying your fees or are you fee exempt?
- If you’ve undergone a medical exam, answer “Yes” when asked Have you had a medical exam performed by an IRCC authorized panel physician (doctor) within the last 12 months?
- We strongly recommend you do this if you’re asking us to remove the job restrictions on your work permit.
- This ensures there’s a place to upload proof of a medical exam in your document checklist.
Read the instruction guide and fill out the application
Read the instruction guide before you fill out your application. The guide will explain how to complete each field on the form.
Once you get your document checklist, fill out the application forms.
Special instructions for this public policy
When you fill out the work permit application form:
- Select “Open Work Permit” as the type of work permit you’re applying for in the Details of Intended work in Canada section.
- Enter “UKRAINE 2022” as the Job title.
- Enter “Ukraine 2022 public policy—open work permit” in the Brief description of duties field.
- For Duration of expected employment, we need to know how long you’d like your permit to be valid.
- Enter the date you’d like to start working as the Start date.
- It may not be possible to finalize your application by the start date you ask for.
- You can ask for an End date that’s up to 3 years from the start date.
- If we don’t finalize your application by your requested start date, we’ll update the end date of your work permit in line with your new start date.
- You can’t ask for an end date beyond the expiry date of your passport.
- Enter the date you’d like to start working as the Start date.
Step 4: Upload the correct documents
You need to include the following documents with your application:
|Required document||Where to upload the file in your account|
Upload one of the following:
|Proof of fee exemption|
|Copy of Ukrainian passport or document used to travel to Canada/Identity document||Passport|
|Digital photo||Digital photo|
|Family Information Form (IMM 5707)||Family Information Form (IMM 5707)|
|Panel physician receipt (if you had a medical exam)||Proof of upfront medical exam|
Depending on your situation, you may also need to provide other documents
There is a file size limit for the documents you upload to your account.
The file size limit is 4 MB per file. If your file is too big, there are ways you can reduce the file size.
After you apply
Find out what to do and what happens after you apply for your work permit.
Find a job in Canada
Many Canadian businesses have registered jobs for Ukrainians on Job Bank, the Government of Canada’s free-to-use online job board. You can use Job Bank to search for a job or contact Job Bank to get help looking for a job.
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