Are you thinking about flying out immediate family members to Canada in the midst of a global pandemic? They will be able to, but they need to follow certain restrictions and comply with the necessary procedures to gain entry into the country.
Who Can Travel to Canada During the COVID-19 Restrictions
These are the individuals that are allowed to enter the country between now and June 30:
- Canadian citizens
- Permanent residents
- Immediate family of Canadian citizens and permanent residents
- Permanent resident applicants who are approved for permanent residency before March 16 and haven’t yet travelled to Canada
- Temporary foreign workers
- International students with a valid study permit or had been approved for one as of March 18
- Transiting passengers
What Does “Immediate” Family Mean?
If you’re confused, the CIC lists down immediate family members that may be allowed to enter the country. They are:
- Spouse or common-law partner
- Dependent child
- Parent or step-parent
- Guardian or tutor
Canada is allowing the immediate family of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to enter the country, but each individual must adhere to the COVID quarantine restrictions:
- Immediate family members must have proof that they are coming to the country for essential reasons.
- Air travel passengers will need to pass a health check, which will be performed by the airline before an individual is allowed to board a flight.
- If you show any symptoms of COVID-19, you will not be allowed to enter the country by air.
- Upon arriving, your health will be assessed again before you will be allowed to leave the port of entry.
- Individuals should be in quarantine for 14 days upon arriving in Canada, even the ones that do not show symptoms.
- Immediate family members coming to Canada during the global pandemic will be quarantined in a facility designated by the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada.
Spousal Sponsorship Requirements
You can be a spousal sponsor if you are at least 18 years old if you’re a Canadian citizen, if you’re a permanent resident living in the country, or if you are a person registered in Canada as an Indian under the Canadian Indian Act.
In the case that you’re a Canadian citizen but you’re living outside Canada, you need to be able to present proof that you plan to live in Canada when your sponsored spouse becomes a permanent resident. You should also be able to prove that you are not receiving any social assistance unless you have a disability.
Keep in mind that you can’t sponsor a relative even if you are a permanent resident when you’re not currently living in Canada.
Last but not least, you must be able to provide the basic needs of any person that you are sponsoring.
Despite the global pandemic, Canada remains open to the immediate family of sponsors who plan to be with their families during this time. Make sure that you meet all the necessary requirements. You can seek the help of an immigration consultant during this time as well.
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