Canada’s Travel Exemptions for Immediate Family Members

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Canada’s Travel Exemptions for Immediate Family Members

As the rate of coronavirus infection in Canada begins to slow, the government has partially opened its entry to the immediate families to citizens and permanent residents currently residing in the country. However, strict health compliance and protocols are still practiced to ensure public health safety.

On June 8, 2020, Canadian Prime Minister Trudeau announced the limited travel exemptions of the immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. These travel exemptions were made to facilitate the reunification of families. Following that announcement, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) quickly published a series of travel restrictions updates in regards to the initial decision.

Immediate family members who would want to enter Canada should follow and meet requirements Orders. Below is a quick guide on how to be eligible for one.

For Non-Discretionary or Non-Optional Purposes

This particular travel exemption applies to the Canadian citizens’ and permanent residents’ immediate family members residing outside the country wishing to enter Canada and planning to stay in the country for 15 days or longer. This can also be applied to immediate family members residing in Canada who want to be reunited with their families.

The immediate family members recognized by this particular travel exemption are exclusive for:

  • Spouses or common-law partners
  • Dependent children
  • Dependent children of their children
  • Parents or step-parents
  • Parent’s or step-parent’s spouse or common-law partner
  • Guardians or tutors

How to be eligible for this travel exemption:

  1. If travelling from outside the United States, immediate family members should apply to CIC for written authorization.
  2. To get a written authorization, one must declare and demonstrate that they are not travelling for a discretionary or optional purpose.

When boarding an airplane, they must self-identify themselves by providing any documentation to prove and establish their family member’s status in Canada and their relationship with them.

Interpretation of a guardian or tutor allowed to enter Canada based on the Orders’ instructions:

  1. A person who looks after a minor foreign national living apart from their parents at an extended time, for instance, to attend primary schools.
  2. A person should have been habitually residing at the same address as the minor until at the time of application.

Conclusion

Although Canada sees a decrease in coronavirus cases in the country, the government still wishes to practice strict compliance, especially on international travel, to protect public health. However, the government understands the sentiment of individuals who are apart from their families. That is why they created a travel exemption on the immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. They would be allowed entry as long as they stay compliant with the guidelines and requirements.

If you are travelling in Canada soon to reunite with your family, it is wise to consult an immigration consultant in Toronto to ensure your trip goes smoothly. Our immigration advisors will ensure your documents are valid and complete, giving you assistance at every step of the way.

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