3 FAQs About Canadian Travel Exemptions for Extended Family

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3 FAQs About Canadian Travel Exemptions for Extended Family

The Canadian federal government is now opening its borders to extended family members who may want to visit their loved ones for compassionate reasons. This policy helps immigrants’ families come together in a time of need, especially in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The policy also relaxes previously firm quarantine measures, which disallowed entry for everyone but citizens and permanent residents. Before this announcement, people needed a non-optional, non-discretionary reason to enter Canada legally. 

To paint a clearer picture of the current situation, here are some answers to the frequently asked questions about the travel exemptions for extended family:

 

  • What do “compassionate reasons” mean?

 

It’s worth noting that this policy does not necessarily equate to sponsorship. According to the IIRC, you can be exempt from travel restrictions and limited release from quarantine for any of the following reasons: 

  • To see or provide care for a critically ill family member during their final moments; 
  • To provide medical support to a family member who needs it; or
  • To attend a funeral.

 

  • Who qualifies as an extended family member? 

 

The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada’s  (IRCC) legal definition of an extended family varies depending on their relationship to the citizen or permanent resident and their spouse, common-law partner or dating partner. 

If you have a direct relationship with the Canadian citizen, you can come to Canada if you: 

  • Are currently in an exclusive dating relationship for at least one year and have spent time with each other physically at any point during the relationship; 
  • Are a non-dependent child above the legal age; 
  • Are a grandchild; or
  • Are a full, half, or step-sibling. 

If you are related to the Canadian’s spouse or common-law partner, you qualify as an extended family member if you: 

  • Are a dependent child; 
  • An adult child; or;
  • A grandchild. 

Likewise, if you are related to the citizen or permanent holder’s dating partner, you are an extended family if you: 

  • Are a dependent child; 
  • An adult child; or;
  • A grandchild. 

 

  • What are the requirements to travel to Canada as an extended family member? 

 

The requirements differ depending on if you are entering a Candian province from within the country or as an international traveller. 

Before purchasing plane tickets, travellers must first secure advanced approval for both the exemption to border restrictions and limited release from quarantine. The exact requirements vary among individual situations. Depending on your unique case, you may need all or a few of the following: 

  • Letter of Required Support written and signed by a licensed healthcare professional. The letter should certify that you need to enter Canada to fulfill compassionate reasons, as specified above; 
  • Statement of death;
  • Medical Death Certificate; 
  • Burial Permit; or
  • Death Certificate. 

You may also need to secure a Site Visit Authorization if the family member you need to visit is in a hospital or any other location housing vulnerable people. The specific province that you are entering may also have additional requirements for limited release from quarantine. 

On top of the requirements mentioned above, international travellers also need to have a valid visa (ex. Temporary Resident Visa) or Electronic Travel Authorization

Conclusion

As mentioned above, the federal government only offers a travel exemption and limited release from quarantine. This means that you will still need to comply with the 14-day quarantine plan. If you plan to quarantine with a vulnerable person, you will need to provide proof of their permission. Should you have any questions regarding the application process or any special requirement your province of destination may have, contact immigration lawyers in Toronto for more help.

Bright Immigration is an immigration service in Toronto that’s versed in the ways to enter Canada legally, whether for a short visit, work, study, sponsorship, or immigration. If you’re looking for professional help from a trusted firm, please contact us at info@brightimmigration.com or call 1-888-404-8472.

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