January 17, 2024

IRCC Extends a Helping Hand: Temporary Measures Support Those Impacted by the Israel-Hamas Conflict

The recent escalation in the Israel-Hamas conflict has undoubtedly caused immense human suffering and displacement in the region. Understanding the impact on families with connections to Canada, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced a series of temporary immigration measures aimed at providing critical support during this challenging time.

Focus on Assisted Departure and Family Reunification

At the core of these measures lies a commitment to facilitating the safe departure of Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and their eligible family members who wish to leave the region. This focus on assisted departure recognizes the immediate need for safety and security for those caught in the midst of the conflict.

Fee-Exempt Work and Study Permits

To ease the transition and integration into Canadian life, IRCC has introduced fee-exempt study and open work permits for eligible family members. This applies to foreign national family members of Canadian citizens or permanent residents who have left Israel and the Palestinian Territories since the conflict began, either with their families or independently. Additionally, Israelis and Palestinians already in Canada who feel unsafe returning home may also be eligible for these permits, provided they hold valid temporary resident status.

Prioritizing Permanent Residency Applications

Recognizing the long-term stability and security that permanent residency offers, IRCC will prioritize existing permanent residency applications for Palestinians within family-based streams. This includes spouses, common-law partners, children (regardless of age), grandchildren, siblings, parents, and grandparents of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, along with their immediate family members. The measure ensures quicker reunification and facilitates building a stable life in Canada.

Streamlined Application Process and Dedicated Support

In an effort to expedite the application process and provide accessible support, IRCC has established a dedicated service channel for inquiries about these special measures. Clients in Canada and abroad can easily connect by calling 613-321-4243 (collect calls accepted). Additionally, an online option allows clients to prioritize their inquiries by adding the keyword "MOME2023" to the IRCC crisis web form.

Medical Coverage for Immediate Needs

Recognizing the potential healthcare needs upon arrival, IRCC has extended eligibility for time-limited medical coverage under the Interim Federal Health Program. This critical support applies to permanent residents and family members of permanent residents and Canadian citizens who have received assisted departure from Gaza.

Building on a Strong Foundation

Canada's commitment to supporting those impacted by the Israel-Hamas conflict stems from its rich history of welcoming diverse communities and fostering multiculturalism. With established Israeli and Palestinian populations exceeding 80,000 individuals, Canada recognizes the deep connections individuals from both sides hold with the country. This long-standing tradition of inclusivity forms the bedrock upon which these temporary measures are built.

Looking Ahead

While the immediate focus lies on immediate assistance and family reunification, these measures also pave the way for longer-term integration and support. By facilitating access to study and work opportunities, prioritizing permanent residency applications, and providing vital healthcare coverage, IRCC's initiative empowers individuals to rebuild their lives and contribute to the vibrant tapestry of Canadian society.

Navigate the Path to Canada with Pelican Migration Consultants

While IRCC's temporary measures offer a beacon of hope for those impacted by the Israel-Hamas conflict, navigating the complexities of immigration can be overwhelming. This is where Pelican Migration Consultants comes in.

Our experienced team of immigration consultants in Dubai understands the unique challenges faced by those affected by conflict. We specialize in assisting families relocating to Canada, helping them navigate the permit application process, paperwork requirements, and cultural adjustments.

We offer personalized consultations to assess your individual circumstances and eligibility for IRCC's temporary measures. We can guide you through the application process for study and open work permits, ensuring all documents are complete and submitted correctly.

With Pelican Migration Consultants by your side, you can navigate the complexities of immigration with confidence. Contact us today for a free consultation and let us help you build a brighter future for yourself and your family in Canada.