The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship has used his authority to issue a public policy, effective immediately, to help people who may be stranded as a result of the U.S. Executive Order, which impacts nationals from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Individuals in Canada who have made travel arrangements to enter the United States and who have the documents normally required to enter the U.S., but who cannot travel to the U.S. due to the Executive Order, can apply for temporary status in Canada, or apply to have their current temporary status extended. Individuals must meet Canada’s admissibility criteria to benefit from this public policy and must provide an explanation of how they are affected. All applications will be assessed on a case-by-case basis. Fees for these measures will be waived.
If you are unsure when your status expires in Canada, the expiry date will be on your study or work permit, the stamp in your passport or, if you do not have a stamp on your passport, 6 months from the day you entered Canada.
Those affected can apply online or by mail. If applying by mail, individuals should clearly label the envelope with the following: “Urgent: Facilitation” and applications must be sent to the following address:
6212-55th Avenue, Unit 601, Vegreville, AB T9C 1W9
If applying online, individuals should follow up after applying with an e-mail to Facilitation@cic.gc.ca with “Urgent: Facilitation” in the subject line and their application number in the body of the e-mail.
All questions related to U.S. status or U.S. documents should be directed to U.S. authorities.
These measures are effective until 11:59 p.m. EDT April 30, 2017.