The coronavirus bringing along COVID-19 has been wreaking havoc all around the globe. Cities and countries are on lockdown and nobody can get in or out easily. Governments are trying to contain the virus and people are advised to do social distancing to help slow down or even stop the spread of the virus. Canada has been working on containing the virus as well and it also wants to make sure that it continues to work on what the country needs as normally as possible. There are adjustments that need to be made especially in terms of immigration policies and Canada has been working on that.
Here are some of the vital information that individuals and potential immigrants should know about the immigration policies in Canada which have been put in place in the past few weeks. The rules can change and that would be dependent on how the whole pandemic pans out.
The people who can be allowed to enter Canada.
The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (also known as the IRCC) has stated that there are only certain people who are allowed entry to Canada during these trying times. The period that the IRCC has stated for this to be in effect would be right up until the end of June 2020. The people who are allowed entry and are known as exempted individuals are urged to regularly monitor the website of the federal government of Canada before they actually buy that ticket.
The people who are known as exempted individuals are the following:
- Citizens of Canada
- Permanent residents
- The immediate family of citizens of Canada
- The immediate family of permanent residents
- Applicants for permanent residence visas who have received approval for their application before March 16. They should also not have traveled to the country yet.
- Foreign workers with temporary status
- Immigrant students who have a study permit that is valid or has gotten approval on March 18, 2020
- Passengers who are transiting
Immediate family are a dependent child, a parent, a step-parent, a spouse, a common-law partner, a grandchild, a tutor, or a guardian.
The rules on land travel
Canada has also changed the rules on land travel. There has been an agreement between the USA and Canada. In the agreement, all traffic that is non-essential would not be allowed between USA and Canada. However, Canadians who were visiting the USA can still go back home to Canada.
Immigrants who may want to get an update on their immigrant status are advised not to travel to the border of the two countries. They should wait for further notice from the Canadian federal government. This type of travel is seen as something that is not essential. Those who are in the country temporarily can apply for an update on their status online on the website of the IRCC.
Secure your spot as an immigrant in Canada with the programs offered by Global Visa Support: http://globalvisasupport.com/canada.html.
Tested assistance on being an immigrant in Canada can be given to you by the in-house immigrant consultant at Global Visa Support: http://www.globalvisasupport.com/contacts.html