In Afghanistan

Canada’s response to the situation in Afghanistan

Canada is closely monitoring developments in Afghanistan and coordinating its response with international partners accordingly. Canada remains committed to Afghanistan and the Afghan people, and it will continue to do all it can to support them.

As stated by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, the Government of Canada has no plans to recognize the Taliban as the legitimate government of Afghanistan. The Taliban have taken over and replaced a duly elected democratic government by force. Therefore, they are a listed terrorist entity under Canadian law.

Please check the link below for more information about the Government of Canada’s special programs for Afghan Nationals.

Supporting Afghan nationals

Special Program for Afghan Nationals

The Government of Canada remains firm in its commitment to welcome Afghan refugees to Canada and will be working to increase the number of eligible refugees to 40,000. This will be done through 2 programs:

  1. A special immigration program for Afghan nationals, and their families, who assisted the Government of Canada.
  2. A special humanitarian program focused on resettling Afghan nationals who
    • are outside of Afghanistan
    • don’t have a durable solution in a third country
    • are part of one of the following groups:
      • women leaders
      • human rights advocates
      • persecuted religious or ethnic minorities
      • LGBTI individuals
      • journalists and people who helped Canadian journalists

Assistance for Canadians and permanent residents in Afghanistan

Canadians should continue to avoid all travel to Afghanistan.

Canadians in need of consular assistance in Afghanistan should contact Global Affairs Canada’s 24/7 Emergency Watch and Response Centre in Ottawa by:


Matters Pending before Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada

Find out how the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada is processing existing files for Afghan nationals.

Avoid becoming a victim of fraud

Avoid becoming a victim of fraud. There is no fee to be considered for the special immigration program for individuals and their families who provided support to Canada’s efforts in Afghanistan. Only Global Affairs Canada or the Canadian Armed Forces can identify people.

Only the Government of Canada can request personal information from you or decide your eligibility for the special program for individuals and their families who provided support to Canada’s efforts in Afghanistan. There are no agents or consultants acting on our behalf