Today Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino put in place a new public policy to facilitate immigration procedures for the families of air disaster victims.

In-Canada families of victims who were Canadian citizens, permanent residents or foreign nationals who were found eligible on their permanent residence (PR) application can apply for PR under this public policy, said a statement issued by Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) on Thursday. The policy will remain in effect until May 11, 2022.

According to IRCC, all standard fees and biometric requirements apply under this public policy. Standard admissibility requirements also apply. However, applicants are still eligible even if they have lost their status in Canada.

This public policy applies only to members of victims’ families who are currently in Canada.

IRCC said it is working on further measures to facilitate permanent residence applications for certain members of victims’ families who are outside Canada, and an announcement will be made once those measures are in place.

As per the media advisory, IRCC is also extending the original temporary residence public policy for families of victims of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752. This will allow the individuals who were initially issued temporary resident visas following the disaster, but who did not travel, to continue to benefit from specialized assistance and come to Canada if they wish to. It will also help those who did travel to Canada with a temporary resident visa and who are now eligible to apply for permanent residence under this new public policy, as they will be able to extend their temporary resident status until their permanent residence application is processed.

“All Canadians mourned the loss of those who died in the tragedies involving Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 and Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752,” said Minister Mendicino. “At the centre of these disasters are the grieving families, who need wide-ranging support from the Government of Canada. This new pathway to permanent residence is one of the ways we are helping families of Canadian victims cope, in the hope that they may build their lives in Canada.”

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