Canada has issued a number of instructions to immigrants and travellers to the country in the wake of COVID-19 crisis. As a measure to prevent the spread of the disease, Canada closed its borders for travellers except Canadian citizens and permanent residents on March 16. Family members of Canadians, air crew members and diplomats were also excluded from this ban. Further, Canada has cancelled all citizenship ceremonies, citizenship tests and retests and itinerant service trips till further notice.
Applying for Canada immigration
In the current circumstances, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) would not be refusing applications for non-compliance. Those immigration applications which have already been submitted, will continue to be processed. But delays in processing are most likely to occur as some visa application centres are closed and some others are operating with minimum staff.
The immigration officials will continue to issue request letters for additional documents that have to be submitted as part of the immigration application. The candidates must submit these documents within 90 days. Those who have already received request letter, but cannot submit the documents, also have 90 days to fulfill the requirement.
Those who have been directed to submit biometric details within 30 days need to submit the same only within 90 days. The candidates who have been asked to submit complete application for immigration also get some extra time. If they cannot submit their complete application within 60 days, they may submit the incomplete application with an explanation letter as to why they are unable to submit the complete application. If they pay all the associated fees, they will get an additional 90 days to submit the complete application. The candidates who have received confirmation of their permanent residence status are also eligible for extra time.
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