Special instructions issued on Canada immigration in the wake of COVID-19 outbreak


In the wake of COVID-19 outbreak having turned into a global pandemic, the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has issued certain special instructions with regard to Canada immigration. These instructions have been issued with an aim to prevent the further spread of the disease, as well as to support the officials and immigration applicants who have been affected by the outbreak.

The IRCC has informed that all citizenship ceremonies, citizenship tests and re-tests are cancelled until further notice. In-person permanent resident landing appointments and in-person refugee claim appointments have also been closed till April 13.

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IRCC has informed that Canada immigration applications will not be refused for non-compliance. The processing of the applications will continue, though some delays are expected as some visa application centres are closed and some IRCC offices are operating with essential staff only.

IRCC has further informed that expedited processing will be allowed for those applicants in special circumstances. But it will be provided at the discretion of the Migration Program Manager of the responsible IRCC office, and the manager of the responsible processing office in Canada.

IRCC will continue to request for additional documents including police clearance certificate, passport, medical exam etc. for the processing of immigration applications. These additional documents need to be submitted within 90 days of receiving request letter. In case if applicant is unable to submit the required documents within 90 days after receiving the request letter from IRCC, their deadline will be extended for another 90 days.

IRCC will continue to issue letters instructing to provide biometric details. Though the letter would ask the applicants to fulfill the biometric requirements within 30 days, they would be given 90 days.

More time would also be given for applicants to submit complete application for permanent residence. If an applicant cannot submit all the required documents along with the application within 60 days, they can submit the application incompletely by including an explanation as to why they could not submit all the documents. They may get their deadline extended for an additional 90 days, upon paying all the associated fees.

Those who have confirmation of permanent residence and permanent residence visas can also get their deadlines extended for further procedures, provided they apply for the same.

Canada has suspended all citizenship ceremonies, knowledge testing and retesting temporarily. The new dates are expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Canada immigration system would return to full swing mode as soon as the COVID-19 menace is tackled. However, you may start the preparations for Canada immigration right away! Connect with our expert Canada immigration consultants for more info.

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