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Ottawa to waive some immigration fees for Lebanese-Canadians and family

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OTTAWA — Canada is waiving some immigration fees for Lebanese-Canadians and their close relatives affected by last month’s explosions in Beirut if they want to come to Canada.

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The Immigration Department also says it will rush travel documents for Canadian citizens in Lebanon and prioritize applications for non-citizens if they’re related to Canadians and live in the areas damaged by the massive detonations in the port on Aug. 4.

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Those who qualify will get help without paying the usual prices for documents and application processing including citizenship certificates, passports and work permits.

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The measures are to last until the end of January.

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The explosion of a Beirut warehouse packed with ammonium nitrate last month killed an estimated 190 people, injured thousands, and devastated neighbourhoods for kilometres around.

Afterward, the Lebanese government resigned, layering a political crisis on top of the disaster.