Canada’s New Travel Exemptions for Extended Families

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Canada’s New Travel Exemptions for Extended Families

The current pandemic continues to wear the world down, but the Canadian government recognizes the need to reunite families. Last October 8, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the possibility of applying for travel restrictions. In other words, even extended family members can now cross borders into Canada, with some requirements:

  • The person in question will be staying for at least 15 days 
  • They meet existing eligibility requirements
  • They meet existing admissibility  requirements

The CIC has also defined extended family, which they emphasize that relations will depend on how the foreign traveller is related to the Canadian. There are more rules to follow, but this guide seeks to answer your most pressing questions. Read on to find more information.

Are there any exemptions to the rules and requirements?

If you are directly related to the permanent Canadian citizen, you can be considered as exempted if you meet any of the following qualifications:

  • You are in an exclusive dating relationship for at least a year, which should include spending physical time together
  • You are a non-dependent child (adult)
  • You are a grandchild (dependent child of the adult child)
  • You are a sibling of all degrees, be it half or step-sibling
  • You are a grandparent

You are also considered an extended family if you are related to the Canadian’s spouse, provided that you are the following:

  • You are a non-dependent adult child
  • You are a grandchild
  • You are a sibling of all degrees
  • You are a grandparent

What else should I take into account?

Apart from meeting the qualifications, you also need to obtain a signed declaration by the Canadian citizen, as this will confirm your relationship. You’ll also need to get a hold of a written authorization by the IRCC.

How do I apply for the travel exemption?

You will need to follow a six-step process, but the end results will allow you to cross the borders to meet your family. Here’s what you need to:

  • Step 1: Make sure that your Canadian family member fills out the application for authorization, along with the statutory declaration. 
  • Step 2: You will be required to sign the application for authorization and statutory declaration, which will be sent to you after they’ve accomplished it. Make sure to send it back after signing. 
  • Step 3: Canadian family member needs to sign a solemn declaration, done in front of authorized officials. This could be done in the presence of a lawyer or notary, whichever your family member will prefer.
  • Step 4: Your family member must send you a copy of the completed authorization and statutory declaration form, which you need to keep.
  • Step 5: Once you have a copy of the signed documents, you can now use it as evidence of a relationship with the Canadian family member. This is necessary for applying for a written authorization from the IRCC. 
  • Step 6: Bring a copy of the documents as you travel to Canada, as this is mandatory. Without the documents, you won’t be able to board. 

What else should I have with me?

  • Travel documents (if applicable) such as the TRV (Temporary Resident Visa) or eTA (electronic Travel Authorization)
  • A booked flight after you’ve obtained a written authorization

Canada in the Midst of a Pandemic 

Strict travel restrictions are in place, but as previously stated, Canada understands the need to reunite families. If you’re looking to spend the holidays with your family, this new process may be the sign you’re looking for. You must still undergo a strict process, but the end goal is the same—allow you access to the Canadian borders.

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