Canada Introduces Immigration Measures to Support Sudanese Temporary Residents Amidst Crisis

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In light of the rapidly deteriorating situation in Sudan, the Government of Canada has announced new immigration measures to assist Sudanese temporary residents currently in Canada who may be unable to return home.

Under these upcoming measures, Sudanese nationals will have the opportunity to apply for an extension of their stay in Canada and seamlessly transition between temporary streams. This will enable them to continue their studies, work, or visit family without any additional charges. By implementing these measures, Canada aims to ensure the ongoing safety and well-being of Sudanese individuals already residing in the country, keeping families united and providing a secure haven. Further details will be communicated in the coming days.

Recognizing the challenging circumstances within Sudan, which affect movement and application processing, the Government of Canada will prioritize the assessment of completed temporary and permanent residence applications from those still in Sudan. This prioritization encompasses visitor visa applications for eligible immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents, facilitating their reunion in Canada once travel conditions permit.

Moreover, Canada will waive passport and permanent resident travel document fees for Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Sudan who wish to depart the country.

These actions build upon the collaborative efforts of the Government of Canada with like-minded nations and the international community to explore departure assistance options as soon as the situation allows. Canadians present in Sudan are advised to frequently check for updates and register with the Government of Canada’s Registration of Canadians Abroad service.

For Canadians seeking to leave Sudan, the Emergency Watch and Response Centre of Global Affairs Canada can be reached through the following channels:

  • Phone: +1 613-996-8885
  • Text message: +1 613-686-3658
  • WhatsApp: +1 613-909-8881
  • Telegram: Canada Emergency Abroad
  • Email:

To learn more, please visit: Canada to provide support to Sudanese nationals –