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Special Measures for Turkish and Syrian Citizens in response to 2023 earthquakes

Updated: May 10


Turkish and Syrian citizens in Canada

In Force:

March 29, 2023


September 25, 2023

Effective March 29, 2023, Turkish and Syrian citizens in Canada as visitors, foreign workers, and students are able to apply online for up to a 3 year public policy open work permit. They will also receive priority processing on their applications.

IRCC is also waiving certain fees for Turkish and Syrian citizen, including

  • Visitor Record extension fees

  • Open Work Permit fees

  • Work Permit fees

  • Study Permit fees

  • Temporary Resident Permit fees

  • In-Canada Biometric fees

  • PR Travel Document fees

  • Limited validity passports, temporary passports, emergency travel documents (ETDs) and

  • Canadian citizenship certificates

The application to amend or extend status must be submitted online and must follow IRCC’s specific instructions for inclusion in the program.

News Release: Canada announces support for Turkish and Syrian temporary residents

Program Delivery Update: Temporary special measures in response to the 2023 earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria

Canada’s response to the earthquakes in Türkiye and Syria

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