How are Canada’s special immigration measures coming along?
The pandemic has forced countries all around the globe to impose travel and immigration restrictions in order to contain the virus. Canada is no exception. However, Canada is constantly updating the laws and regulations to ensure minimum damage to the system. There have been many modifications made to the travel and immigration services ever since the implementation of the new laws. These amended immigration policies will help to reduce the spread of the virus while allowing a limited inflow of immigrants, international students, and foreign workers.
The Canadian government has announced that certain groups will be exempt from the travel restrictions. These include:
- Permanent residents and their immediate family
- Canadian citizens and their immediate family
- Transiting passengers
- Permanent resident applicants who were approved before March 18
- Temporary foreign workers
- International students who obtained a valid study permit before March 18
The Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) suggests that people should check their webpage in order to get the latest updates. Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) holders can get in touch with the IRCC through the web form in case they are unable to travel due to coronavirus-related problems.
All travelers are expected to self-isolate for two weeks after their arrival in Canada. They have to wear a mask as soon as they land before they are allowed to go to their final quarantine destination. They should also sort out their quarantine plan beforehand, or they will have to stay in a hotel if they present an unconvincing plan.
There has been four Express Entry draws since March 18. Provinces such as Saskatchewan, Alberta, B.C., and Manitoba have organized Provincial Nominee Program draws. According to the IRCC, there will be no restrictions on Express Entry draws and application processing.