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Impact of Covid-19 on Canada immigration

Starting from Wuhan city of China, the outbreak of Coronavirus Pandemic affected most countries in the world in the last few months. However, Canada immigration largely remains unaffected by this pandemic.

Note: The Canadian government has resumed the direct flights to and from India and rest of the countries from September 2021. Now, all fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can travel to Canada. The IRCC has also eased various other travel and immigration measures taken earlier in wake of the Covid-19.

It is heartening to see the positive approach of the Canadian government or Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) towards immigration and the immigrants. Find below the critical 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":

As an aspirant or applicant of Canada immigration, you must have many questions in your mind regarding the ongoing pandemic situation and impact of the same on the immigration and visa process. Here is the answer to most common questions regarding the impact of Covid-19 on Canada immigration. 

FAQs Regarding Covid-19 Impact on Canada Immigration 

Canadian government or IRCC is took frequent measures and issued guidelines to contain the outbreak Covid-19 and fight the pandemic. However, despite issuing temporary travel restrictions few months back, the Canadian government continued to accept the applications and open the express entry/ PNP draws to issue invitations to apply (ITAs) to the candidates.

On this page, we have shared the latest immigration and travel guidelines issued by the Canadian government. Find below the answers of few Frequently Asked Questions regarding the Covid-19 Impact on Canada Immigration:

Is Canada still accepting the applications?

Yes. The Canadian government is still accepting the applications through its federal and provincial nominee programs and issuing the Invitations to Apply (ITAs) and the candidates through its periodic draws. In fact, at no point Canadian government stopped accepting the PR applications.

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

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

Whom all Canada allowed to enter, despite the row over Coronavirus pandemic?

The following category travellers were 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)

Are the Travel restrictions still active?

The Canadian government has resumed the direct flights to and from India and rest of the countries from September 2021. Now, all fully vaccinated eligible visa holders can travel to Canada.

Who qualifies as fully vaccinate traveller?

To qualify as a fully vaccinated traveller to Canada, you need to have received:

  • minimum 2 doses of a Government of Canada-accepted COVID-19 vaccine or a mix of 2 accepted vaccines, or
  • at least 1 dose of the Janssen/Johnson & Johnson vaccine,
  • have received your second dose at least 14 full days prior to the day you enter Canada
  • upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
  • have no signs or symptoms of COVID-19
  • meet pre-entry testing and all other requirements:
  • upload your proof of vaccination in ArriveCAN
  • have ArriveCAN receipt with letter V or I beside your name
  • meet all other entry requirements (for example, pre-entry test result)

New List of Accepted vaccines by Canadian government

  • Pfizer-BioNTech (Comirnaty, tozinameran, BNT162b2)
  • Moderna (Spikevax, mRNA-1273)
  • AstraZeneca (Vaxzevria, COVISHIELD, ChAdOx1-S, AZD1222)
  • Janssen/Johnson & Johnson (Ad26.COV2.S)
  • Bharat Biotech (Covaxin, BBV152 A, B, C)
  • Sinopharm (Beijing) BBIBP-CorV (Vero Cells)
  • Sinovac (CoronaVac, PiCoVacc) Starting 

Can I travel to Canada if I have an expired COPR?

The candidates with expired COPR do not require sending the web forms anymore. The IRCC will contact such applicants, once IRCC approves them for Canadian PR visa.

Will Canada discontinue immigration?

Not at all. Instead, the Canadian government continues to allow the applicants to apply for Canada immigration. Moreover, the Canadian government has recently published its Immigration Levels Plan 2021-23. As per this plan, Canada will admit more than one million permanent residents by 2023. In the year 2022, the Canadian government will accept 411, 000 new immigrants and this target will keep on increasing year on year.

Can I apply through Express Entry and get ITA?

Of course. You can indeed create your Express Entry profile for Canadian PR. The Express Entry and provincial governments are also inviting the candidates through their periodic draws or invitation rounds.  I have received permanent residence approval; however, I cannot travel due to lockdown in my city or due to some other reason. What should I do? The IRCC will contact you in case your COPR has expired. You do not need to send the web form to IRCC anymore.

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
  • immediate 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 to reunite 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)
  • aircrews
  • 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, etc.

Keep visiting this page or Immigration News Section on Visas Avenue website for the latest immigration news and updates concerning Covid-19 impact on Canada immigration policies, rules and regulations. Moreover, if you have any query regarding current updates or 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. You may also send your queries to

Disclaimer– The source of 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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