Canada’s response to the situation in Afghanistan
Afghan refugees who have arrived in Canada, under all streams, since August 2021
What we’ve done
We’ve resettled over 40,000 refugees and some of the most vulnerable Afghans in Canada 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.
Under the Special Immigration Measures Program, we’ve received enough referrals to meet our goal of welcoming 18,000 Afghans.
To apply under this program you must first be referred to us by Global Affairs Canada or National Defence, and then receive an invitation to apply from us.
If you’re already applied
You can update your information by:
- contacting the nearest visa office outside Canada (include your file number in all correspondence with us)
- using our web form
- calling us at +1-613-321-4243
If you haven’t received an invitation to apply
We’ll continue to help vulnerable Afghans by:
Learn about our special programs to resettle vulnerable Afghans to Canada
Learn about the special measures in place to support Afghans in Canada and abroad
Supports available for Canadian citizens and permanent residents currently in Afghanistan
Learn about recent legislative changes that allow Canadians and Canadian organizations to help people in Afghanistan
Information for Afghans in Canada
Learn more about life in Canadian communities welcoming Afghans.
Find friendly and experienced settlement professionals who can help you feel at home in Canada.
There are different ways Canadians can help. Find out how to volunteer, donate or sponsor an Afghan refugee.
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