Canada Visa Processing changes due to coronavirus pandemic

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) clarifies that Canada visa processing and electronic travel authorization (eTA) applications for foreign nationals will continue for those who are exempt from travel restrictions.

In order to allow Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) to focus their energies on essential services, Canada is suspending the processing of non-essential visitor visa applications.

Workers, students and visitors (who qualify for an exemption to travel restrictions) must apply online.

The following applicants may be considered for an exemption:

International Students

The processing of study permits applications for students will continue in anticipation of the fall study term with the condition of “to the extent possible”.

Applications for study permit will require biometrics while many visa applications centres those provide services are currently closed. So, As a special measure, applicants are now being given 90 days instead of the standard 30 days to provide biometrics.

It should be noted that only students who have a valid study permit or were approved for a study permit before March 18, 2020, can currently travel to Canada.

Foreign Workers

Temporary foreign workers those are coming to Canada for an essential purpose will continue to be allowed entry. Foreign workers with experience in the medical field and food supply chains are currently being prioritized.

Permanent Residents

IRCC will continue to process applications of Permanent residency as well. However, permanent residents who received approval before March 18, 2020, can currently travel to Canada.

If you’re travelling by air, you need to pass a health check conducted by airlines before you’re allowed to board your flight. Anyone who shows symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to enter Canada by air.

After arriving in Canada, you must have a plan to self-isolate for 14 days even if you have no symptoms.

Source: Notice – Processing changes for visas due to COVID-19

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