Canada’s response to the situation in Afghanistan

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 in Canada:


Afghans who have arrived in Canada, under all streams, since August 2021

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What we’ve done

We’ve welcomed over 40,000 vulnerable Afghans, including some of the most vulnerable, through several special measures and programs.

What happens now

We’ll continue to process the existing applications we’ve received through all the special programs for Afghans on a priority basis.

If you applied after receiving an invitation to apply (ITA) from us

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If you didn’t receive an invitation to apply (ITA) from us

We’ll continue to help vulnerable Afghans through:

Afghan special programs

Learn about our special programs to bring vulnerable Afghans to Canada

Special measures for Afghan applications

Learn about the special measures that were put in place to support Afghans in Canada and abroad

Help for Canadians in Afghanistan

Learn about the supports available for Canadian citizens and permanent residents currently in Afghanistan

Authorization regime for Canadians wanting to help in Afghanistan

Learn about recent legislative changes that allow Canadians and Canadian organizations to help people in Afghanistan

Information for Afghans in Canada

Welcome to Canada publications

Publications to help you find what to expect in your first few weeks in Canada. Available in English, French and Dari

Communities welcoming Afghans

Learn more about life in Canadian communities welcoming Afghans.

Find free newcomer services near you

Find friendly and experienced settlement professionals who can help you feel at home in Canada.

Get involved

Afghans arrive at Vancouver airport

There are different ways Canadians can help. Find out how to volunteer, donate or sponsor an Afghan refugee.

Follow the journey

Afghans arrive at Vancouver airport

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Government of Canada news

Announcement Date
Canada meets commitment to welcome 40,000 vulnerable Afghans October 30, 2023
Statement by ministers Joly, Hussen and Miller on second year since the fall of Kabul August 15, 2023
Legislation to support humanitarian aid to vulnerable Afghans receives Royal Assent June 23, 2023
Canada welcomes Afghans through new humanitarian partnership May 26, 2023
Canada marks significant milestone, welcoming over 30,000 vulnerable Afghans April 12, 2023
Government introduces legislation to support humanitarian aid to vulnerable Afghans March 9, 2023
Minister Fraser welcomes latest charter flight of Afghan refugees from Pakistan October 19, 2022
Canada marks 20,000 Afghan arrivals with help from partners at home and abroad September 22, 2022
Statement by Ministers Joly, Fraser, Sajjan and Anand one year after fall of Afghanistan August 14, 2022
Afghan newcomers to celebrate first Canada Day June 30, 2022
School programs help Afghan children thrive in Canada June 24, 2022
Afghan newcomers continue to arrive in Canada June 17, 2022
Canada marks 15,000 arrivals of Afghan refugees June 10, 2022
Canada celebrates Pride Month by helping Afghan LGBTQ2 individuals June 3, 2022
Settlement organizations help Afghan refugees adjust to new life in Canada May 27, 2022
Businesses offer jobs for Afghan newcomers May 13, 2022
Afghan journalists find freedom of expression in Canada May 6, 2022
Canadians continue to support Afghan refugees across the country April 29, 2022
Canada marks 10,000 arrivals of Afghan refugees March 30, 2022
Service provider helps connect Afghan newcomers to meaningful employment March 25, 2022
Minister Fraser meets with Afghan newcomers and settlement services organizations in Alberta March 18, 2022
Afghan women and girls make their mark in Canada March 11, 2022
Canadian educational institutions support Afghan newcomers March 4, 2022
Canadians continue to welcome Afghan refugees in their communities February 18, 2022
Canada continues to welcome more Afghan refugees February 11, 2022
Canada welcomes over 200 Afghan refugees to Vancouver January 19, 2022
Afghan human rights defenders arrive in Canada January 11, 2022
Notice – Application process for pathway to permanent residence for extended families of Afghan interpreters now open December 9, 2021
Minister Fraser welcomes home Afghan refugees arriving today December 8, 2021
First charter flight of privately sponsored Afghan refugees  arrives in Canada December 2, 2021
Notice – Canada announces new measures for extended families of Afghan interpreters November 24, 2021
Notice – Changes to the pre-removal risk assessment for Afghanistan October 18, 2021
More than 3,000 Evacuees Arrive in Canada from Afghanistan September 3, 2021
Canada reaches agreement with U.S. to support refugees’ travel to safety August 31, 2021
Notice – Support for Afghan citizens with travel authorizations to leave Afghanistan August 29, 2021
Canada expands resettlement program to bring more Afghans to safety August 13, 2021
Canada welcomes first Afghan refugees resettled through the special immigration program August 4, 2021
Government of Canada offers refuge to Afghans who assisted Canada July 23, 2021

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