Canada Announces New Measures to Support Iranian Temporary Residents

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Canada has announced new measures to support Iranian temporary residents in the country. The measures, effective March 1, 2023, will make it easier for Iranians to extend their temporary status in Canada and to move between temporary streams, allowing them to continue studying, working, or visiting family by applying for a new permit from inside Canada. In addition, an open work permit pathway will be made available for Iranians already in Canada.

The Government of Canada is also waiving certain processing fees for Iranians who wish to extend their stay in Canada and will waive passport and permanent resident travel document fees for citizens and permanent residents of Canada in Iran who wish to leave. Furthermore, applications from Iranians in Canada will be processed on a priority basis.

Canada is committed to protecting Iranians already in Canada and helping Iranian families stay together. These measures are in response to the gross and systematic human rights violations being committed by the Iranian regime during its brutal crackdown on protestors, which may cause some Iranians to wish to prolong their stay in Canada rather than return home at this time.

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