The COVID-19 outbreak has put the entire world in disarray in various ways – impacting all facets of society. Businesses are struggling to keep the lights on as different communities are under quarantine. While others have the chance to work from home, some sectors are suffering the most, like the international mobility and business travel industry.
Canada is one of the few countries that has a welcoming immigration system, that’s why immigrants across the world see Canada as a land of opportunity where they can work, settle down, or even benefit from their quality education as an exchange student.
The pandemic, however, has forced countries worldwide, including Canada, to implement travel restrictions to curb the rapid spread of the coronavirus. As of March 18, 2020, Canada has shut its borders to non-Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
What Does it Mean For International Experience Canada (IEC) Applicants?
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has enforced that foreign nationals who are planning to visit Canada for non-essential travel reasons are not allowed entry starting March 18, 2020. This has been extended from April 18 to at least another 30 days as a way to flatten the curb of the novel coronavirus.
The possibility of easing the restrictions may be around mid-May at the earliest, though it all largely depends on the findings on the cases. While people cannot go in or out of the country, there are a few exceptions, such as international experience participants.
What to Expect When Traveling to Canada under IEC During the Pandemic
Keep in mind that all travellers need to stay in quarantine for 14 days after arriving in Canada. This is mandatory for all individuals, including IEC participants, to ensure that they are not carriers of the coronavirus.
Those who are already set to travel may enter, but the IEC program will not open its door to a new round of invitations until the restrictions have fully lifted. The CIC continues to accept submissions, but do note that most are not being processed at the moment. However, applicants who already have an “in-process” status in their application can expect to receive updates.
What to Do if Your Work Permit as an IEC Participant is About to Expire
Even if no one is allowed to enter or leave Canada at the moment, you are not exempted from following the rules. To maintain your status as a legal worker in Canada, you have to apply to stay as a visitor if your work permit is about to expire during this period.
After the application, you will receive an implied status, which enables you to legally stay in Canada for a duration of time until a decision is made. While you are allowed to stay, you cannot continue working unless you have a valid work permit. If your work permit has already expired, you can still apply to renew your status so long as it is within 90 days of the expiry date.
Keeping vigilant and updated on the news regarding the impact of the pandemic on International Experience Canada is crucial, especially if you want to extend your stay or hold off your work.
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