The current global uncertainty brought upon us by the coronavirus has affected many parts of our lives. It has made travel to foreign countries more difficult, if not impossible. For those who are visiting or immigrating to Canada, the situation has undoubtedly raised a few concerns regarding their eligibility.
In this article, we’ll shed light on the matter to offer some guidance. If you want to know how COVID-19 has affected your travel plans to Canada, read further to the sections below.
What We Know from the IRCC
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) have released a few statements regarding Canadian immigration. As far as we know, the department is continuing to process applications during this pandemic, albeit with a few changes to their normal procedures.
This means that if you have submitted your application with complete documentation and requirements, you can reasonably expect that your application will be reviewed during this time. However, since there is a current shortage of manpower processing these applications, yours might be delayed for an extended period.
If, on the other hand, your application is missing some requirements, you will be given an extension to obtain and submit these documents. These applications will be retained for 90 days and will be reviewed within 60 more days to accommodate the current situation. Should you be unable to acquire these documents within that time frame due to the pandemic, you must indicate this in your application.
Specific Immigration Concerns that May Apply to You
In this section, we’ll discuss specific situations that may or may not apply to your application. Keep in mind that the CIC is continuing to provide new information so the details presented below might change.
Permanent Residency Applications
Those who have received their Confirmation of Permanent Residence prior to March 18, 2020, and are currently outside Canada are free to enter the country. For those that do not fall into this category, the CIC is still investigating possible methods for confirmation.
Work and Study Permits
Individuals with valid work or study permits are also permitted to enter the country. However, the CIC has advised those who have only recently acquired their permit to confirm with their employer that the position is still available or confirm with the educational institution that classes are still being offered. This confirmation should be brought into the country as they arrive.
Inland Refugee Applications
Inland refugee claims will only require a completed Use of Representative form and a copy of the biographical page of the applicant’s passport.
However, please be reminded that due to the current situation, policies may rapidly shift and application processing times can be delayed. You should also remember that your travel history and the status of your health will be under greater scrutiny as a precaution.
While we are awaiting more official news from the IRCC, it is important that we all be considerate of the complications this crisis has created. Be patient with your immigration application, and make sure you work with an immigration consultant so that all your specific concerns are properly addressed.
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