Canada grants biometric exemptions to more Ukrainians fleeing war – National

The federal government is exempting more Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion from providing biometrics before coming to Canada.

This is one of several measures the government announced today to ease access to emergency travel permits between Canada and Ukraine.

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Immigration Secretary Sean Fraser says Canada will not require biometrics from people under the age of 18, over the age of 60 and those with previous Canadian visas who do not have immigration issues.

Previously, in these cases it was left to the “discretion of the decision maker” whether to collect biometric data – fingerprints and a photo.


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Fraser said the government is taking the step to “reduce pressure on the collection of biometrics”.

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According to Fraser, Canada has already approved more than 30,000 applications under the program.

Earlier in the day Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced an additional $100 million in humanitarian aid to respond to the crisis in Ukraine and neighboring countries.

He also says that targeted charter flights will be offered to Ukrainians coming to Canada.

He said Ukrainians arriving in Canada are entitled to up to six weeks of income support and two weeks of temporary hotel accommodation.

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