Canadian immigration lawyers launch pro bono legal assistance to Ukrainians fleeing to Canada

Volunteer lawyers from the Immigration Law Section of the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) are leading a campaign to provide free legal advice to help Ukrainians wishing to come to Canada.

Services offered by the 14 pro bono lawyers include legal consultation and advice for those seeking to take advantage of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) recently announced fast-track initiatives and programs to bring eligible Ukrainian nationals affected by the war.

People who want legal assistance to take advantage of the Government of Canada’s fast-track immigration programs for war-affected Ukrainians can find a list of volunteer lawyers to help them here.

The United Nations says more than 1.5 million people have already fled Ukraine due to Russia’s illegal invasion that began on February 24.

The CBA’s Immigration Law Section has a history of providing pro bono legal assistance to those affected by natural or political disasters, including launching a pro bono initiative last September to assist those affected by crisis in Afghanistan.

“The ABC is deeply troubled by Russia’s attack on Ukraine’s territorial sovereignty, which constitutes a serious violation of peremptory norms of international law and Ukrainian law,” said the association’s president, Stephen Rotstein, in a March 7 statement. government’s intention to prioritize immigration applications from Ukrainians, and we want to do our part to help.

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