Temporary public policy for Afghan nationals in Canada and outside Canada

Date Announced:

August 25, 2022


Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents in Afghanistan, or whose evacuation to a third country has been facilitated by Canada, may seek to return to Canada with immediate family members who are Afghan nationals. Such Citizens, Permanent Residents and Afghan national family members may face difficulty obtaining a travel document to come to Canada. Similarly, Afghan nationals who have been approved for confirmation of permanent residence in Canada, but who have not yet come to Canada, may face difficulty obtaining a travel document. Given the current circumstances in their country of origin, Afghan national temporary residents in Canada may seek to extend their lawful stay in Canada.

Therefore, I hereby establish that there are sufficient public policy considerations that justify the granting, pursuant to section 25.2 of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act, exemptions from the requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (Regulations) listed below to foreign nationals who meet the conditions set out below.

Departments and Agencies:

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada

Type of Administrative Action:

Immigration Category:


Afghan; exemptions to IRPA

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