Canada offers more immigration assistance to Lebanon

Kareem El-Assal
Published: September 4, 2020

Canada has unveiled additional immigration support to Lebanese nationals following last month’s tragic explosion in Beirut.

The supports were announced on September 3rd, several weeks after Canada established an immigration task force in support of Lebanese individuals impacted by the explosion.

The Canadian government will prioritize travel documents for Canadian citizens and permanent residents in Lebanon, as well as waive some fees in order to help such individuals return to Canada.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is also prioritizing visitor visa applications for the immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents that were personally impacted by the Beirut explosion. Immediate family members include:

  • Spouses
  • Common-law partners
  • Dependent children
  • Parents or step-parents

IRCC invites individuals in need of assistance to read its dedicated webpage to find out if they are eligible for the special measures Canada has put in place. After reading the webpage, IRCC states that individuals can send their questions to It will aim to respond to questions within five business days.

How to qualify for assistance

To qualify for assistance, individuals must:

  • Submit an application between September 3rd, 2020 and January 31, 2021;
  • Follow the instructions listed on IRCC’s webpage;
  • Have lived in an affected area at the time of the explosion if you are applying as an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident; and
  • Include proof that you were personally impacted by the explosion. Types of proof can include documentation listing your residential address or copy of medical or legal documentation.

Visit the Government of Canada's website to learn more

Options if you want to immigrate to Canada as a Lebanese skilled worker

If you are a Lebanese citizen who wishes to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker, there are over 100 different pathways available to you.

There are an estimated 200,000 to 400,000 Lebanese individuals in Canada and around 1,800 Lebanese immigrate to Canada annually.

The main way to immigrate to Canada as a skilled worker is through the Express Entry system. Canada held an Express Entry draw earlier this week inviting 4,200 successful immigration candidates to apply for permanent residence. Despite the coronavirus pandemic, Canada has invited almost 70,000 immigration candidates this year.

The first step to being considered for permanent residence under Express Entry is by seeing if you are eligible for it.

Get a free Express Entry assessment

© 2020 CIC News All Rights Reserved

Share this article
Share your voice
Did you find this article helpful?
Thank you for your feedback.
Subscribe to our newsletter
Did you find this article helpful?
Please provide a response
Thank you for your helpful feedback
Please contact us if you would like to share additional feedback, have a question, or would like Canadian immigration assistance.
  • Do you need Canadian immigration assistance? Contact the Contact Cohen Immigration Law firm by completing our form
  • Send us your feedback or your non-legal assistance questions by emailing us at
Related articles
10 frequently asked questions by visitors to Canada
View of Skylon Tower and abandond Ontario Power Comany Generating Station at river level seeing from a boat tour
How fast will IRCC process my temporary residence application in 2024?
Father working from home with young child
Why IRCC may refuse your visitor visa application
passenger in the airport terminal hall looks at the plane
Report: Canada is the 2nd happiest country among the G7
Happy multigenerational people having fun sitting on grass in a public park
Top Stories
How an ECA can help you immigrate to Canada
British Columbia and Prince Edward Island issue PNP nominations this week
Budget 2024: How Canada is continuing its commitment to safe and inclusive communities
Join our free newsletter. Get Canada's top immigration stories delivered to your inbox.
More in Canada
Budget 2024: How Canada is continuing its commitment to safe and inclusive communities
A Family out boating together having fun on vacation
Budget 2024: How will it impact Canadian immigration?
Canada has released Budget 2024.
Comparing rental costs across Canada
A for rent sign infront of a small house
What can newcomers expect from Budget 2024?
Budget 2024 will contain several new initiatives to help with housing affordability in Canada.
Link copied to clipboard