Canada relaxes travel restrictions for extended family
October 8, 2020
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has announced extended family travel exemption to its coronavirus travel ban. Effective October 8, 2020 extended family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents can now cross the border to Canada, provided they are staying for at least 15 days and meet existing eligibility and admissibility requirements.
Extended family members include people in a long-term exclusive dating relationship and their dependent children, adult children, grandchildren, siblings and grandparents. Examples of extended family members in exclusive dating relationships include fiancés, romantic partners, boyfriends, girlfriends or any other couple in an intimate, loving relationship of at least 1 year.
The new policy aims to exempt foreigners from Canada’s coronavirus pandemic travel restrictions in order to unite them with extended family members who are Canadian citizens or permanent residents
IRCC’s definition of “extended family”
You may pre-qualify for a Canada immigration program.
For purposes of the extended family travel exemption, whether IRCC will consider you as an extended family member of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident depends on who you’re related to and how.
If your relationship is with a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you must be
in an exclusive dating relationship, have been in the relationship for at least 1 year and have spent time in the physical presence of that person at some point during the relationship
a non-dependent child (adult child)
a grandchild (dependent child of a non-dependent adult child)
a sibling, half-sibling or step-sibling
If you’re related to the spouse or common-law partner of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you must be a
non-dependent child (adult child)
grandchild (dependent child of a non-dependent adult child)
Step 3: Your family member signs the form by solemn declaration
Once you’ve sent the form back to your family member in Canada, they must sign the form by solemn declaration. This is done in front of any official who is legally authorized to receive a solemn declaration, such as a commissioner for oaths, justice of the peace, lawyer or notary public.
Step 4: Get a copy of the completed and signed form
You should not book a flight to Canada until you get your written authorization from IRCC.
Step 6: Bring the copy of the application for authorization and statutory declaration as well as the written authorization with you when you travel.
You must have a copy of the application for authorization and statutory declaration as well as the written authorization with you when you travel. This is mandatory. If not, you won’t be allowed to board your flight or enter Canada.
Once the form is signed by solemn declaration, you have 6 months to travel to Canada. If it’s longer than 6 months before you’ll be travelling, you’ll need a new statutory declaration.
To board your flight to Canada
follow all airline requirements and pass a health check conducted by airline officials to confirm that you don’t have symptoms of COVID-19, including a fever, a cough and difficulty breathing
Anyone showing symptoms will not be allowed to board a flight to Canada.