Ukraine immigration measures: Open work permits

The information on this page is for you if your CUAET application was approved on or after February 4, 2024. If it’s not the case, you can find more information for your specific situation.

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All Ukrainian temporary residents and their family members in Canada can access free settlement services until March 31, 2025.

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You may be eligible for an open work permit under the Ukraine immigration measures if you meet both of the following requirements:

  • your application under the CUAET measures was approved on or after February 4, 2024
  • you’re currently in Canada with valid temporary resident status under the CUAET measures.

If you’re eligible, you

  • can apply to get a new open work permit that’s valid for up to 3 years
  • can apply to extend your current open work permit
  • are exempt from paying the
    • work permit fee
    • open work permit holder fee
    • biometrics fee (if applicable)

Deadline to submit your application

You must submit your application on or before July 31, 2024.

How to apply

Follow the steps below to

How to remove the job restrictions on your open work permit

There may be restrictions on your open work permit if you haven’t completed a medical exam. 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
    • domestics
    • 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

If you have not already completed a medical exam, you must get one within 90 days of your arrival. What you need depends on your age.

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.

How to get the CUAET remark on your IMM 1442

If you’re in Canada under the CUAET but you’re missing the remark on your IMM 1442, follow the instructions below to apply for an open work permit and get a new IMM 1442.

When you apply, upload a letter stating “I am exempt from paying fees under the Ukraine special measures and my previous permit was missing the CUAET remark.” Then we can issue you a new permit with the CUAET remark.

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

If you have problems applying online

You can apply on paper if you meet one of the following exemptions:

  • You can’t apply online because of a disability.
  • There’s a barrier that
    • prevents you from applying online or
    • makes applying online unreliable

Contact us using our crisis web form if you can’t apply online.

Complete all required fields in the form and include “Ukraine2022” in the text box.

Step 3: Get your document checklist

You must answer some questions to create a personalized document checklist.

Make sure you answer these questions correctly

Step 4: 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:

Step 5: Upload the correct documents

You need to include the following documents with your application:

Required document Where to upload the file in your account
A letter stating "I am exempt from paying fees under the Ukraine special measures" 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.

Create an account or sign in

After you apply

How we process your application

We’ll check your application to make sure you included all the necessary documents, any fees that you need to pay and gave your biometrics (if required).

If it’s incomplete, we’ll return your application without processing it.

An officer will also check

Depending on the type of work you’ll be doing, you might need a medical exam. If you do, an officer will tell you and will send you instructions on what to do. A medical exam can add over 3 months to the time it takes us to process your application.

We may also ask you to send more information.

If your application is approved

We’ll mail the work permit to the Canadian address you gave us in your application. The work permit will outline

If your mailing address changes before we approve your application, you must contact us to tell us your new address.

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.

Find a job on Job Bank

Working in Canada

Find information about working in Canada, including your rights as a foreign worker, and learn about the labour standards in Canada.

When you start working

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