The coronavirus crisis has left the world reeling, and countries are not finding it easy to deal with the consequences. Immigration has taken a hit because countries had to close their borders in order to contain the spread of the virus. Canada also chose to honour the safety of its residents and followed all necessary protocols. Prospective immigrants, however, have faced a significant amount of problems because of this sudden turn of events. Their futures were suddenly uncertain, and they had to cancel all their plans. Luckily, Canada has continued to provide regular updates to candidates informing them of what they should do.
Recently, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship (IRCC) made a new announcement stating that candidates will be allowed to submit their temporary visa applications online between July 1 and September 30. These special instructions will propel candidates, who have been waiting all this time, to take action.
Canada has decided to accept temporary resident visas that will be submitted online exclusively for the time being in order to deal with the pandemic. This policy will be applicable for those who want to secure work permits, temporary resident visas (TRV) and study permits from outside of Canada in the stater period.
IRCC, however, is willing to give special accommodations for candidates who will not be able to finish their virtual application process because of a disability. It is only if the applicant has a disability that IRCC will accept paper-based applications while this policy is effective.
If a candidate who is not exempt tries to submit their application offline, it will be returned along with the processing fees. This policy has been adopted by IRCC as one of its special coronavirus measures that will help to keep the process of assessing immigration applications ongoing even when the department is not functioning to its full capacity.