During the time of novel covid-19. It is advised to restrict all international travels. Canada has taken a new measure to stop COVID-19. President Justine Trudeau announced that as of March 16 Canada is barring entry to all travellers who are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents or Americans.
Exceptions will be made for immediate family members of Canadians, U.S. citizens, aircrew members, and diplomats.
The prime minister also mentioned that people who don’t displaying symptoms will be permitted to board a flight to Canada, and that air operators will be required to complete a basic health assessment of every passenger based on guidelines from the Public Health Agency of Canada.
About Corona Virus (COVID-19):
COVID-19 is a respiratory illness you may have little to no symptoms in the beginning. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu. It can become sever and lead to pneumonia or breathing difficulties that may require hospitalization.
Symptoms may take up to 14 days to appear after exposure to COVID-19. This is the longest known infectious period for this disease. We are currently investigating if the virus can be transmitted to others if someone is not showing symptoms. While experts believe that it is possible, it is considered to be rare.
Symptoms have included:
- difficulty breathing
- pneumonia in both lungs
In severe cases, infection can lead to death.
Canada Immigration During COVID-19
Starting March 18, 2020 only 4 Airport would remain open to all International Flights in Canada:
- Toronto Pearson International Airport
- Vancouver International Airport.
- Calgary International Airport and
- Montreal-Pierre Elliott Trudeau International Airport.
Incoming domestic flights, and those from the U.S., Mexico and the Caribbean and from St. Pierre et Miquelon, can still land at other airports.
New border controls will not apply to trade and commerce in order to keep Canada’s supply chains open.
The Government of Canada is continuously assessing travel risk for all Canadians. Pandemic COVID-19 travel health notice with travel advisories has been issued. This means that outbreak is now considered to be worldwide. And an official Global Travel Advisory is in effect: Avoid all Non-essential Travel outside of Canada until further notice. Canadian are further advised to consider leaving travel destinations if your presence is not essential.
All travellers back to Canada are advised for self-isolation for 14 days upon arrival, with exceptions for worker who are essential to movement of goods and people.
Support for Canadian Abroad:
The government wants to help Canadian return home and cope with the challenges they are facing while travelling, so they have created the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadian Abroad. This program will provide emergency loans to Canadian who are in need of immediate financial assistance to return home or temporarily cover their life-sustaining needs while returning home.
Global Affairs Canada is providing continuous support to Canadian affected by COVID-19 through consular staff at its network of missions.
IRCC Immigration Application Procedure: COVID-19 (Permanent Residence, Temporary residence and Citizenship)
- Applications currently in process at IRCC offices will not be refused and will continue to be processed but may experience some delays.
- When additional documents are requested, processing officer should send letter and allow 90 days to submit documents that must be issued from Chinese, Iranian and South Korean authorities.
- For Biometrics Instructions Letters, 90 days are provided even though the letter mentions 30 days.
- Temporary resident candidates whose status is going to expires may apply for extension. And as per current guideline’s they should apply online with required fees, so they can maintain their resident status in Canada.
- Temporary residents who have applied for extension on their current application will benefit from Implied Status and may remain in Canada until a decision in reached on their files.
- Foreign National whose status has expired may apply for Restoration of status with required fees.
- Foreign Nationals can still apply for Permanent Residency Program in Canada. File that are incomplete due to unavailable documents will be retained and reviewed in 90 days.
- New Complete Permanent Resident applications will be processed as per normal procedure.
- Permanent Resident: If a new application is missing supportive documents and found incomplete, include the explanation letter if they are affected by novel coronavirus. These applications will be promoted and reviewed in 90 days.
- Permanent Resident: New Applications that are incomplete and missing supportive documents and not affected by coronavirus may be rejected. The fees will be refunded to the applicant.
- Applicants who have received COPR and unable to travel should inform IRCC. These files will be reviews in 90 days’ time.
- Citizenship Canada has cancelled all citizenship ceremonies as of March 14, 2020 until further notice.
- Candidates returning from China, Iran and South Korea will be provided an extra 30 days to provide additional documents required.
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