Visa Crunch

Applicants may have to re-submit their visitor visa application if applied prior to September 7, says IRCC

Specific visitors who applied for a visitor visa before September 7 will be required to re-submit an application. On its website, Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently updated instructions. People who still want to visit Canada should submit a new application through the IRCC portal, according to the department. If the applicant is awaiting a decision and needs to travel to Canada for one of the reasons listed below:

  • to reunite with family members in Canada, including permanent and temporary residents.
  • to visit on business.
  • for compassionate reasons such as attending a funeral, being present during the final moments of a loved one’s life, and providing care to a critically ill person.
  • to join a vessel as a marine crew member.
  • to assume a position as a diplomat, or to travel as an accompanying immediate family member;
  • to handle the affairs of a victim of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752.

If possible, IRCC requests that the applicant can include up-to-date information as well as the previous application number. “The previous visitor visa application will be withdrawn by submitting a new application,” the IRCC website states. “There is no assurance of a refund, and the applicant will not receive a letter to verify that the application has been revoked.”

The candidate can request to withdraw the application through the web form if he/she no longer wishes to travel to Canada. There’s no assurance that the IRCC will issue a reimbursement. The new measure was created “to reflect the easing of border measures effective September 7, 2021,” according to the government website. Unless a citizen of a visa-exempt country, anyone who wishes to visit Canada temporarily will require a Temporary Resident Visa (TRV). Tourists, temporary foreign workers, and international students are all included. Outside of Canada, TRVs are issued by Canadian Immigration Visa Offices. They demonstrate that the holder has met the requirements for visitor admission to Canada. If a traveler has a criminal record or has medical issues, they may be denied a visitor visa. Citizens of some countries may also be required to provide biometric data.

If they plan to stay in Canada and have recently visited certain countries, or if they plan to work in certain occupations, some visa applicants may be required to undergo a medical examination. Visitors will also be required to demonstrate their ability to support themselves during their intended temporary stay.

TRVs enable visitors to stay in Canada for up to six months at a time and can be used multiple times. International students and temporary foreign workers are admitted for varying periods of time, as ascertained on a case-by-case basis. From within Canada, the applicant may be able to apply for extensions.

The possession of a justified TRV does not guarantee that the traveler will be allowed to enter Canada. All visitors must prove that their visit to Canada is for a temporary purpose at the Port of Entry. Officials will refuse entry to anyone who does not intend to leave Canada when their visitor status expires, in their opinion.

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