Supporting Afghan nationals: About the special programs
Travel authorizations to leave Afghanistan
Canada and its allies have received assurances from the Taliban that Afghan citizens with travel authorization from other countries will be allowed to leave Afghanistan. Find out more.
Find out what special measures you may be eligible for
The Government of Canada remains firm in its commitment to welcome refugees and vulnerable Afghans to Canada. We’re working to increase the number of eligible people to 40,000. This will be done through several programs, including the following:
A special immigration program for Afghan nationals, and their families, who assisted the Government of Canada.
You don’t need to currently be in Afghanistan or return to Afghanistan to be eligible or to have your application processed once you’re able to apply.
A special humanitarian program focused on resettling Afghan nationals who
- are outside of Afghanistan
- don’t have a durable solution in a third country
- are part of one of the following groups:
- women leaders
- human rights defenders
- persecuted religious or ethnic minorities
- LGBTI individuals
- journalists and people who helped Canadian journalists
A special family reunification program to help extended family members of former Afghan interpreters who came to Canada under programs in 2009 and 2012.
We’re also prioritizing applications of eligible immediate family members joining Afghans currently in Canada.
How to reach us
Contact us using our web form. Please don’t send photos or other attachments until we ask you to.
Contact us by phone at +1-613-321-4243
- Available both inside Canada and abroad
- Monday to Friday, 6:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. (ET)
- We’ll accept charges for collect calls or calls with reverse charges
Wait times may be longer due to call volumes.
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