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Impact of Covid-19 on Canada immigration

Started from Wuhan city of China, the outbreak of Coronavirus Pandemic affected most of the countries in the world in last few months.

However, Canada immigration largely remain unaffected by this pandemic. It is heartening to see the positive approach of the Canadian government or Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) towards immigration as well as the immigrants.

Find below the key Information/Articles/News/updates explaining the new updates as well as the impact of Covid-19 on Canada immigration along with few tips for Canada immigrant applicants for this period of “Social Distancing”:

Now, as an aspirant or applicant of Canada immigration, you must be having many questions in your mind regarding the ongoing pandemic situation and impact of the same on the immigration and visa process.

Here are the answer of most common questions regarding the impact of Covid-19 on Canada immigration.

FAQs Regarding Coronavirus Impact on Canada Immigration

The Canadian government or IRCC is taking frequent measures and issuing guidelines in order to contain the outbreak Covid-19 and fight the pandemic.

However, despite the key measures taken for the Covid-19, Canadian government continues to accept the applications and open the express entry and PNP draws to issue invitations to apply (ITAs) to the candidates.

On this page, Visas Avenue is sharing the latest immigration guidelines issued and measures being taken by the Canadian government while combatting the ongoing pandemic.

Find below the answers of few Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Covid-19 Impact on Canada Immigration:

Is Canada still accepting the applications?

Yes. Canadian government is still accepting the applications through its federal and provincial nominee programs and issuing the Invitations to apply (ITAs) as well to the candidates through its periodic draws.

Can I create profile in Express Entry system and get ITA?

Yes! You can still submit your profile in the federal Express Entry system and get invitation to apply for Canadian PR through the periodic draws of EE system.

Who can travel to Canada at the moment, while row over Coronavirus pandemic still not over?

The following will be able to travel to Canada despite the travel restrictions:

  • Canadian citizens
  • Permanent residents
  • Immediate family of Canadian citizens and permanent residents (spouses, common-law partners, dependent children, grandchildren, parent or step-parent, and guardian or tutor)

Who all are exempted from the Travel restrictions?

  • permanent resident applicants who had been approved for permanent residence before the travel restrictions were announced on March 18, 2020, but who had not yet travelled to Canada
  • international students who held a valid study permit, or had been approved for a study permit, when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020
  • seasonal agricultural workers, fish/seafood workers, caregivers and all other temporary foreign workers

Until when the current Travel restrictions are active?

The travel restrictions issued by the Canadian government are applicable from March 18, 2020 and will end on June 30, 2020 at noon.

Can I travel to Canada if I have a COPR?

Canadian governed has expressed its commitment to accept the PR visa applicants, who were approved by the IRCC for permanent residence, prior to the travel restrictions imposed by the government on 18th March, 2020, however, had not yet travelled to Canada.

If this condition is applicable to your case, you are exempt from travel restrictions.

How the Landing Appointment will be held?

The Canadian government has cancelled all in-person permanent resident landing appointments until April 13, 2020. Hence, all landing appointments will be done by telephone whenever possible. Otherwise, the IRCC will reschedule them for later.

The IRCC will contact you by email to let you know when your phone appointment will be. Meanwhile, you can use the Web form if you need to update your contact information.

Will Canada discontinue immigration?

Not at all. Rather, Canadian government is allowing the applicants to submit an application for Canada immigration. Moreover, Canadian government has not issued any such statement that indicate that the Covid-19 pandemic will affect its annual immigration plan for 2020 or the Multiyear Immigration Plan (2020-2022) any way.

Can apply through Express Entry and get ITA?

Of course. You can surely create your Express Entry profile for Canadian PR. IN fact, the Express Entry and provincial governments are also inviting the candidates through their periodic draws or invitation rounds. 

I have received the permanent residence approval, however, I am not able to travel due to lockdown in my city or due to some other reason. What should I do?

Well, you can fill the IRCC web form to let the IRCC know the reason, why you can’t travel to Canada at the moment.

Once restrictions are lifted in your city, or you are in the position to travel, again use the web form to confirm you current status to IRCC

The IRCC will then confirm you the detailed process or the information as to how you can restart the process your PR application. This whole procedure is also applicable in case, your COPR has expired.

What about in process Permanent residence applications?

At now, the applicants may not be able to complete few steps, such as,

  • submitting your passport or supporting documents, such as a police certificate
  • completing an immigration medical exam

However, no application in progress will be closed or refused because of documents missing due to COVID-19. The IRCC will automatically give you 90 days to complete these steps. Once you’re able to, complete the steps as soon as possible, to avoid delays.

How can I find the complete list of Exemptions from Travel restrictions?

  • foreign nationals travelling at the invitation of the Canadian government for a purpose related to the containment of COVID-19
  • close family members of Canadian citizens
  • close family members of Canadian permanent residents
  • a person who is authorized, in writing, by a consular officer of the Government of Canada to enter Canada for the purpose of reuniting immediate family members
  • a person registered as an Indian under the Indian Act
  • accredited diplomats and family members (including NATO, those under the United Nations Headquarters Agreement, other organizations)
  • air crews
  • any foreign national, or group of foreign nationals, whose entry would be in the national interest, as determined by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, the Minister of Public Safety
  • members of the Canadian military, visiting forces and their family members
  • transiting passengers

Keep visiting this page or Immigration News Section on Visas Avenue website for latest immigration news and updates with regard to Covid-19 impact on Canada immigration policies, rules and regulations.

Moreover, if you have any query regarding current updates, or you need assistance to immigrate to Canada on Skilled visa, PR visa, visit visa, study visa, etc. you may contact Visas Avenue immigration expert on Toll Free Number– 78-18-000-777.

Moreover, to get your eligibility checked and subsequently, get a call back from our visa expert, you may fill the free assessment form.

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Disclaimer The source of the information or FAQs shared on this page is the official website of Canada Immigration, i.e. and the same is subject to change/update based on the latest or new guidelines, issued by the Government of Canada in this regard. To know the latest status of shared information, you may write to us at


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