Coronavirus-related disruptions should not discourage immigration candidates from still going ahead and preparing themselves and their applications. Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) continues to update Canada immigration coronavirus guidelines.
Further, IRCC and several provinces have stated they will not reject applications if candidates provide an explanation that their application is incomplete because of COVID-19 interruptions.
While Canada has imposed travel restrictions, candidates are still welcome to submit Express Entry profiles as well as their permanent and temporary residence applications. Canada continues to hold Express Entry draws and issue invitations to apply for permanent residence. Canada is also being more flexible in processing applications by providing candidates with more time to obtain and submit their documentation in case candidates are being affected by COVID-19 disruptions.
People who can travel to Canada are listed here.
- Express Entry draws continue and federal and provincial governments continue to issue invitations to apply for permanent residence.
- Starting March 16th, all in-person landing appointments are cancelled and will be held by telephone.
- IRCC will contact you by email to let you know when your new telephone appointment will be.
- Biometrics deadline extended to 90 days, rather than 30.
- There will be 90-day extensions for additional document requests on open applications.
- It is mandatory for those entering Canada to self-isolate for 14 days.
- The travel restrictions are in place until June 30, 2020 at noon EDT.