Impact of Covid-19 on Canada Immigration


Impact of Covid-19 on Canada immigration:

The eruption of covid-19 affected almost all the countries in the world including Canada. However, Canada immigration is not largely influenced due to highly positive approach of Canadian government on a periodical basis. In this article, we try to provide an adequate information regarding Canadian immigration.

To protect Canadians from the outbreak of COVID-19, the Prime Minister announced travel restrictions that limit travel to Canada. Until further notice, most foreign nationals cannot travel to Canada, even if they have a valid visitor visa or electronic travel authorization (eTA). These restrictions stop most non-essential (discretionary) travel to Canada.

Restrictions on travelers to board flights to Canada:

Foreign nationals won’t be allowed to board a flight to Canada if:

  • they’re travelling from a country other than the United States and are not covered by any of the exemptions in the Orders in Council or

  • they’re travelling from a country other than the United States for an optional and discretionary purpose

All air travelers must wear a mask while travelling, except:

  • children under 2 years old

  • people who are unable to remove the mask without assistance

  • people who provide a medical certificate certifying that they are unable to wear a face mask for a medical reason

Canada extends suspension of flights to India till June 22, 2021:

Indian migrants to Canada will have to wait for a while to receive approval from Canadian government. While the 30-day ban on flights from India over Covid-19 surge announced by Canada is due to end next week, However, Air Canada’s suspension of services will continue till the third week of June.

Most recent update: Canada eases the Covid restriction on immigrants; Canada ends 14 days quarantine requirement:

Canada government is preparing to ease Canada’s border restrictions for travelers who have been fully vaccinated against Covid-19. According to recent press conference by Canada’s Minister of Health, Canada will end the mandatory 14-day quarantine requirement for fully vaccinated travelers entering Canada, but it is based on below important stipulations.

Canada government announces that it is applicable to only “currently permitted to enter Canada.” This means the travelers those who meet one of the exemptions listed below will be able to enter the country.

  • A negative PCR test taken within 72 hours’ pre-departure is mandatory for Canada immigration

  • Fully vaccinated travelers will have to take a COVID-19 test upon arrival in Canada.

Canada targets to end the 14-day quarantine obligation for fully vaccinated travelers in early July 2021. 

Who Can travel to Canada during Covid -19?

Only if you are a

  • Canadian citizen

  • dual Canadian citizen with a

    • valid Canadian passport or

    • special authorization

  • permanent resident of Canada

  • person registered under Canada’s Indian Act

  • protected person

  • COPR-holders with a valid COPR who are residing in any country other than the United States and were approved for their COPR before 12pm EDT on March 18, 2020, and who are travelling to Canada to settle permanently

  • COPR-holders with a valid COPR who are residing in the United States and were approved on any date (even after March 18, 2020) and who are travelling to Canada to settle permanently

  • Foreign nationals, including United States (US) citizens, can travel to Canada only if they’re eligible.

ArriveCAN: A mandatory requirement:

All those travelling to Canada by air must use the ArriveCAN app to submit information regarding their travel/contact info, quarantine plan, and COVID-19 self-assessment. You’ll need to submit the following information electronically within 72 hours before your arrival to Canada:

  • Travel and contact information

  • Positive or negative COVID-19 test information (if applicable)

  • Quarantine plan (unless exempted from the mandatory requirement to quarantine set out in the emergency order under the Quarantine Act)

  • COVID-19 symptom self-assessment

  • Travel history of countries visited within the 14-day period before arriving in Canada

Express Entry applicants: Because of COVID-19, you now have 90 days to submit your Express Entry application after you’ve received your invitation to apply.

Want to apply to immigrate to Canada?

Canada is still accepting most permanent resident applications. However, the time required to process them is being affected by COVID-19 and no estimation on any processing times.

Priority applications like;

  • Canadians and permanent residents returning to the country

  • vulnerable groups

  • work permits for people who perform or support essential services.

  • If you apply, you still need to submit a complete application. Along with supporting documents. If not, a letter explaining why you can’t include it. If you already applied for a document but it’s delayed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, you can send proof that you’re trying to get it (like a receipt).

  • Don’t travel to another city or country to get the supporting documents. We’ll consider extending your deadline if you have a reasonable explanation that shows you’re affected by COVID-19.

Tips to prepare yourselves for Canada immigration:

  • Explore about potential opportunities and life in Canada

  • Calculate your CRS point score: Since Canada considers point based system, it is wise to check your total CRS (Computer reservation system) score to see whether you are eligible to an ITA ( Invitation to apply ) or not.

  • Get consultation from an immigration consultant: You can interact with a trusted Visa agent / immigration agent to take proper guidance regarding Canadian immigration.

The best idea is to utilize this lockdown period to get adequate consultation from a visa consultant and so that by the time restrictions are lifted, you will be all set to apply directly without any hassle.

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