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Alberta aims to help Ukrainians stay in province

The Government of Alberta is prioritizing applications for permanent residency nomination to help Ukrainians stay in the province.

In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Alberta is accelerating the assessment of applications for permanent residency made by Ukrainian nationals through the Alberta Advantage Immigration Program.

Application and post-decision service fees will also be temporarily waived for new and existing applications made by Ukrainian nationals.

“Ukraine holds a deep, historical connection to Alberta, and we owe so much to the hundreds of thousands of Albertans of Ukrainian origin who have helped build this province. This action helps demonstrate Alberta’s unwavering solidarity with the people of Ukraine during their time of need,” said Premier Jason Kenney.

The government said it is also helping connect temporary Ukrainian residents with Alberta employers who have potential job opportunities.

Earlier this week, Minister of Labour and Immigration Kaycee Madu sent a letter to the Government of Canada calling for flexible immigration measures to help Ukrainians affected by the ongoing crisis.

“Alberta’s government will do whatever we can to accommodate Ukrainians who are fleeing their homes and country in search of safety,” said Madu.

“As the situation evolves, we will continue to work with the federal government and newcomer-serving organizations in Alberta to support Ukrainians affected by the conflict and stand up for their right to peaceful and secure lives.”

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