The recent pandemic has halted the influx of immigrants into Canada. While immigrants are not allowed to travel to Canada, Canada has been inviting thousands of immigrants to apply for a permanent visa. As the Covid-19 curve is flattening, the Canadian government has relaxed the travel ban in October. There have been some exemptions in the travel ban for people who fulfill certain criteria.
Who can and cannot enter Canada?
The following group of people is allowed to immigrate to Canada:
- Citizens and Permanent Residents of Canada.
- Extended family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
- International students who have a valid study permit which was approved before March 18, 2020. In October, IRCC announced that international students who have enrolled at a Designated Learning Institute with a Covid-19 readiness plan and is approved by the province or federal government will be allowed to travel to Canada.
- Spouses or long term partners of Canadian citizens or permanent residents.
- People traveling for compassionate reasons such as the death of a close one or to attend a funeral.
- Temporary residents who receive written authorization from IRCC.
- Temporary workers whose work permits have been issued or approved.
- Applicants in the International Experience Canada program who do not have a work permit issued but have a job offer from a verified employer.
- IEC applicants with a Work permit who were outside the country are allowed without needing a job offer.
- COPR holders who resided overseas and have their COPR approved before March 18, 2020.
Mandatory quarantine of 14 days is necessary for everyone except health workers traveling to Canada. Every immigrant traveling to Canada should have a detailed isolation plan detailing how and where they will be quarantined for 14 days upon their arrival in Canada.