No doubt that the COVID-19 outbreak had a major impact on the Canada immigration scenario. The country was compelled to introduce travel restrictions and bring in certain changes to the immigration procedures. However, there is no reason for immigration aspirants to worry as Canada is by all means going ahead with its plan to meet the country’s immigration target set for the year.
The restrictions which have been implemented by the Canada government in the wake of COVID-19 aim to protect the health and well-being of Canadian citizens. The new restrictions prevent foreign nationals from travelling to Canada from March 18 to June 30. However, US citizens, temporary and permanent residents are exempted from the travel ban. The government has also instructed citizens to avoid non-essential travel.
Applying for Canada immigration
Those who wish to migrate to Canada can submit their Express Entry profile or fulfill the requirements for application for permanent residence in Canada. The federal Express Entry draws would continue to take place as usual. Even after introducing travel restrictions, Canada conducted two Express Entry draws, inviting around 4000 candidates in total to apply for permanent residence. Most of the Provincial Nominee Programs are also conducting draws as usual, inviting candidates to apply for provincial nomination.
Immigration applications under various categories are being processed. However, applicants have been allotted more time (90 days) to submit the required documents along with the applications. They need to submit a letter explaining as to why the delay in submitting the documents occurred, along with the application.
Travel ban exemptions
The travel ban imposed by Canada from March 18 till June 30 is not applicable for the following:
- Canadian citizens, permanent residents
- Immediate family members(Spouse/common-law partner or Dependent child or Grandchild or Parent/step-parent or Guardian/tutor) of Canadian citizens, permanent residents
- Those who had their permanent residence applications approved before March 16 but are yet to travel to Canada.
- Temporary foreign workers
- International students who hold a valid study permit or had their application for study permit approved before March 18
- Transiting passengers
Those who are applying for Canada immigration must remember that delays are likely to occur in the processing their applications.
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