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Canada Announced Special Immigration and Visa Measures in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

April 18 , 2020 By Rajneesh Kumar

Canada Announced Special Immigration & Visa Measures in Response to COVID-19 Outbreak

In order to contain the spread of COVID-19, Canada has lately announced a variety of special immigration measures that had been implemented well.

In a row of the announcement, one of the latest updates has been issued by the IRCC on 10th April 2020. Amid all the containment measures being handled well, Canada is continuing to accept immigration, electronic travel authorization and study permit applications, hold Express Entry draws, issue ITAs and more for those who fall under certain travel restriction exemptions.

Canada is Still Processing Study Permit Applications

As per the latest update, the IRCC will process study permits for the fall semester, i.e. for students whose study program will start in September and end in December. All the applicants will get an additional 30 days time to submit their biometric data, which makes it a total of 90 days.

Arrival exemptions are offered only to those students whose study permits were issued before the implementation of travel restrictions on March 18, 2020.

Canada is Still Accepting PR Applications

Amid travel restrictions, applicants are allowed to submit their Express Entry profiles and temporary and permanent residence applications. Canada is still holding Express Entry draws to issue ITAs for PR visa.

The IRCC is also flexible with applicants when it comes to obtaining and submitting documentation, especially for those who are affected by disruptions caused due to COVID-19.

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Who can Apply Online?

All the workers, students and visitors who qualify under travel restriction exemptions must apply online.

List of foreign nationals who are allowed to travel to Canada during this pandemic

  • Canadian citizens
  • Permanent residents of Canada
  • Immediate family of citizens and permanent residents of Canada (dependent children, spouses, common-law partners, parent or step-parent, grandchildren and guardian or tutors)
  • Permanent resident applicants who have got their PR approvals before the implementation of travel restrictions since March 18, 2020
  • Temporary foreign workers related to essential services, including medical and food supply chain
  • International students with a valid study permit or who got study permit approval before the implementation of travel restrictions

To protect and support Canadian citizens, residents and prospective immigrants from the current outbreak of the Coronavirus, the Canadian government has announced the above-mentioned travel restriction exemptions that will help Canada meet its annual immigration level targets, i.e. to welcome more than one million newcomers between 2020-2022 along with combating the pandemic outbreak.

A lot of immigration programs are still processing applications with extended deadlines, submission dates, and flexible rules and policies.

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