HANSARD: Jenny asks if the minister will ensure older ID documents are recognized through the online emergency visa application process

House of Commons Debate
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship
Oral Questions
March 23rd, 2022 / 2:50 p.m.


Jenny Kwan (NDP) Vancouver East, BC

Mr. Speaker, over 3.6 million people have fled Putin's destruction in Ukraine. They are desperately trying to unite with friends and family, and find safety, including here in Canada. Even though older identity documents are supposed to be recognized in the fast track visa process, Ukrainians with an older internal passport are unable to complete the government's online application process. My constituent is having a hard time getting a visa for his 83-year-old mother.

Will the minister take swift action to ensure older identity documents are recognized through the government's online emergency visa application process?


Sean Fraser (Liberal) Minister of Immigration

Mr. Speaker, I thank the hon. member for her sincere concern for the well-being of those who are fleeing the unimaginable circumstances in Ukraine.

We have now seen more than 10,000 Ukrainians arrive in Canada since the beginning of this calendar year, and we are going to continue to do more to promote and facilitate the safe transport of people to Canada as quickly as possible. With respect to outdated travel documents, we contemplated this possibility during the program design, and we are working to issue single journey travel documents for those who do not have a valid passport.

I will be pleased to continue to work with any member of this House who identifies problems along the way because, as this system develops for the first time, we want to make sure it continues to operate smoothly to welcome as many people here as quickly as possible.



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