Canadian special immigration measures for Philippines typhoon victims
14 October 2009
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On 1 October 2009 the Canadian Citizenship, Immigration and Multiculturalism Minister Jason Kenney announced special measures to help Philippine residents applying for Canadian immigration who have been seriously affected by Typhoon Ketsana.
"I would like to express my deepest sympathy and support for the people of the Philippines affected by this terrible disaster," said Minister Kenney. "This government is moving quickly to reunite Canadians and permanent residents with their families by extending a welcome to those who wish to come to Canada."
Citizenship and Immigration Canada's (CIC) visa office in the Philippines is responding on a priority basis by expediting new and existing applications by those seriously affected by the current situation. This will mainly benefit family members of Canadian citizens, permanent residents and protected persons.
There will also be priority processing of temporary residence applications of those adversely affected by the Typhoon.
This is on top of the $5 million for humanitarian assistance for those affected by Typhoon Ketsana as announced earlier by Canadian International Cooperation Minister Beverley J. Oda.