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Canada Announces Assistance to Iranian Temporary Residents

By Casey February 24, 2023 (Updated March 16, 2023) 2 min. read

As of March 1, 2023, the Canadian government will make it easier for Iranians to extend their temporary status in Canada and move between temporary streams, allowing Iranians to continue studying, working, or visiting family by applying for a new permit from within Canada. An open work permit pathway will also be made available to Iranians who are already in Canada. Applications from Iranians living in Canada will also be prioritized.

The Canadian government eased immigration rules for Iranians in Canada on Thursday, citing “gross and systematic human rights violations” in Iran.

Iranians will be able to apply for a new permit to study or work in Canada, and certain processing fees will be waived.

They will also be able to apply for a work permit, which will allow them to work in any occupation for any employer of their choice.

“Canada will not stand idly by as the Iranian regime continues its ongoing human rights violations,” Immigration Minister Sean Fraser said.

Canada is still looking into changes to other programs, such as the Human Rights Defenders stream, which is one of the few in the world with a dedicated, permanent immigration program for those who protect and promote human rights.

New Measures Taking Effect

These new facilitative measures are in effect and individuals can apply until February 28, 2024.

This public policy will allow eligible Iranian nationals currently in Canada as temporary residents to apply for the following at no cost:

Eligible applications submitted in Canada will be processed on a priority basis.

Canadian citizens and permanent residents living in Iran will also be able to apply for the following documents, at no cost, to help facilitate their travel:

To learn more about the new programs and updates for Iranian temporary residents in Canada, watch our Facebook Live video, here:

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