Family Reunification Amid Canada’s COVID-19 Travel Ban

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Family Reunification Amid Canada’s COVID-19 Travel Ban

In recent weeks and months, the Canadian immigration sector has faced an assortment of unique concerns and challenges from authorities and applicants alike. Today, the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has seen an array of concerns from applicants that range from approval timeframes and processing schedules to spousal sponsorship requirements. 

As a concerned citizen or aspiring applicant yourself, you may have different concerns and questions in mind because of the travel restrictions and other points of ambiguity in place. However, among the different concerns that many have expressed in relation to Canadian immigration recently, the idea of coming to the country amid present travel restrictions has become increasingly mentioned.

An opportunity for specific demographics

At the moment, tensions are higher than ever as many travellers seek openings to finally travel to the Great White North for various reasons they may have in mind. From family and medical emergencies to pure leisure, many reasons have forced potential travellers and concerned citizens to wonder whether or not travelling into the country is feasible.

Canada’s restrictions are currently as rigorous as ever as the government continues to sustain its efforts to pacify the COVID-19 pandemic and other pressing concerns. Fortunately, specific sectors and groups of people are capable of bypassing the current travel ban the country has in place, one of which being the family members of Temporary Foreign Workers (TFWs) in Canada. 

Admitting family members into the country

Although family members of TFWs aren’t exempt from Canada’s travel restrictions for the sake of flying for leisure alone, it is possible to gain entry under the premise of family reunification. 

Defined by the government as “spouses, common-law partners, and dependent children” of temporary foreign workers, eligible family members can still come into the country amid travel restrictions. However, it is worth noting that family reunification letters (permits for entry under the program) will only be provided for those that are coming for:

  • An essential reason in your own right (as a worker, for example)
  • The purpose of establishing residence with your family member who is in Canada as a temporary foreign worker

Criteria that must be met

If you want to travel to Canada sometime soon or help your family member make the trip safely amid restrictions, it’s worth noting that the CIC has set forth various criteria that must be met. Before you contact Bright Immigration to help you get the process in order, here are the main criteria that you or your family members must meet if they want to be admitted entry:

Factor #1: They must be specifically exempt from the travel restrictions in their own right. If they are not otherwise exempt, they need a written authorization letter to enter Canada.

Factor #2: Foreign national family members must also be coming for a non-discretionary reason.

(Note: Family members coming from the U.S. do not need the family reunification letter. Yet, they still have to prove that they are travelling to Canada to establish themselves with the temporary resident.)

Conclusion

As travel bans tighten up and the worldwide COVID-19 situation continues to grow tenser by the day, Canada’s government has sought to turn the tides by loosening travel restrictions for the family members of TFWs. Through this guide’s help, you can prepare yourself to ensure that you or a family member can enter the country so that you may all reunite for a short period until things go back to normal! 

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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