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  • Writer's pictureGiuseppe Marini

Canada Announces Support for Iranian Temporary Residents Amid Human Rights Violations

As a result of the gross and systematic human rights violations committed by the Iranian regime during its crackdown on protestors, Canada has committed to helping Iranian families prolong their stay rather than return home. On February 23rd, 2023, the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser (Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship), announced new measures to support Iranians who currently have temporary residency in Canada.

Effective March 1st, 2023, the Canadian government will prioritise applications from Iranian people in Canada; make it easier for Iranians to extend their temporary status and move between temporary streams; and provide an open permit pathway for Iranians already residing in Canada. In addition to the above, select processing fees will be waived for Iranians who wish to extend their stay. Individuals may apply until February 28th, 2024.

These measures have been built upon the fourth package of sanctions imposed on the Iranian Regime in October of 2022. The Canadian government has made it known that they are closely monitoring the ongoing needs of Iranians and will adapt their responses as the situation evolves.

“Canada will not stand idly by in the face of these aggressions as the Iranian regime continues its ongoing human rights violations. Our government is continuing to stand up for the people of Iran by making it easier for Iranians who wish to extend their stay here in Canada to be with their families and allowing them to continue to work and study in safety. We will continue to work closely with the Iranian-Canadian community which is resolved to shed light on the repressive actions of the Iranian regime.”

– The Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship

“No matter why you are here, during this time of great uncertainty for the Iranian people, Canada remains committed to supporting the Iranian Canadian community. With these new measures, we hope to ease the hardship they’re currently facing by making it easier for them to stay longer in a place where it is safe to live and work. And perhaps, one day, call home.”

– The Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Natural Resources

For more information on how to extend your temporary resident status in Canada, please contact Fomcenco Law for a free consultation.



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