Sometime in the middle of March, plenty of countries around the world had put a lockdown on their borders and in their communities, Canada included. This is because of the pandemic that was spreading all around the world known as COVID-19. This put everything at a standstill and people had to adjust to a new normal because the virus causing the disease was spread through humans. Now, humans are highly suggested to wear masks when going out in public, go out of their homes only when completely necessary, avoid mass gatherings, and even avoid face-to-face meetings. Movement in Canada has been restricted so that even immigrants have to put their plans on hold.
Now that there are places in the world that the pandemic has been contained, some of these countries have started to ease up their lockdowns. In Canada, several Visa Application Centers (also known as VACs) have also started to open and entertain clients though with only limited services. This may seem like too much of a hassle but it surely is better than having them all closed.
The VACs that have opened so far
Many of the VACs of Canada that have opened are in various countries around the world. This means that these spots would be able to accommodate all of those potential immigrants who are trying to apply and send in their requirements. Individuals can go there and provide their biometrics which is very important for their applications.
At present, there are already 23 VACs that are already open but provide limited services. Here is the list:
- Austria – Vienna
- Bahrain – Manama
- China – Beijing, Chengdu, Chongqing, Guangzhou, Hangzhou, Jinan, Kunming, Nanjing, Shanghai, and Shenyang
- Germany – Düsseldorf
- Greece – Athens
- Iraq – Erbil
- Israel - Tel Aviv
- Italy – Rome
- Japan – Osaka, and Tokyo
- Malaysia – Kuala
- The Netherlands - The Hague
- United Arab Emirates - Abu Dhabi, and Dubai
The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (also known as the IRCC) have made sure that safety measures have been put in place in these VACs so that all of the people coming there (both applicants and employees) are safe from the virus. Included in the safety measures are making sure that social distancing is practiced, hands are clean, temperature checks are done, and face masks, face shields, and gloves are used.
Movement in Canada
There are still travel restrictions in Canada and these will be so until June 30. At present, those that are exempt from this are the immediate families of citizens. Holders of work permits are also exempted especially if they have to do an important or essential job in Canada. Students who have study permits that were approved on or before March 17 are also exempted. All individuals coming in should undergo quarantine for 14 days when they arrive in the country and they should also show that they have a proper plan for their quarantine.
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