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Canada Continues to Accept PR visa applications amid Covid-19 row

By Rajneesh Kumar Posted 19, Mar 2020

visas default image The Canada Permanent residency aspirant concerned about Canada's take on immigration intake amid the chaos of Covid-19 has got some respite with the latest announcement from the government.

The Canadian government has announced that it will continue the intake of new permanent residence applications as per the normal process. Hence, if you have applied, planning to apply or in mid of your application process, you don't really need to worry because of the Covid-19 affect.

Meanwhile, here are some important announcement by the Canadian government, which you must pay attention to as an aspirant of Canada immigration.

Important Points to note about new or in process Canada PR applications

  • New complete PR (Permanent residence) applications will be processed as per normal process under section 10 of IRPR
  • The files which are not complete, due to unavailable documents will be retained in the system and reviewed in 90 days.
  • For the new application, missing supporting documentation (associated fees are required), the applicant needs to include an explanation with their application that they are affected by the service disruptions as a result of the novel coronavirus. The application may then be promoted and reviewed in 90 days.
  • New applications needs to be promoted in the order they were received, and the org ID should be associated with them when the applicant self-identifies.
  • If the application is still incomplete in 60 days, officers will ask for the missing documents with an additional 90-day deadline.
  • Applications found to be incomplete with no explanation provided, or for reasons unrelated to the disruption of services associated with impacts of the novel coronavirus, may be rejected as per section R10, and all fees associated with the application should be refunded to the applicant.

Approved permanent residence applications (COPR and PRV), but want to delay landing in Canada

The Canada PR applicants, who already got the confirmation of permanent residence (COPR) and permanent resident visa (PRV) and inform the IRCC, by submitting a web form that they are unable to travel within the validity of their documentation will be processed as follows:
  • Valid COPR and PRV: In order to lessen the number of cancelled COPRs and PRVs, a note should be placed in the file explaining that the applicant is unable to travel, and the file should be brought forward to the expiration date of the COPR and PRV. If the applicant informs IRCC that they can travel prior to the COPR and PRV expiration, they are encouraged to use their existing COPR and PRV to land.
  • Expired COPR and PRV: If the applicant informs IRCC via the web form that they were unable to travel after the expiration of their COPR and PRV, or if they were unable to travel prior to expiration, concerned immigration officers are to re-open the application, and it needs to be brought forward for review in 90 days.

Re-opened applications- Points to remember

Here are few key points to remember for re-opened applications:
  • Approved applications can be re-opened in GCMS by cancelling the COPR and PRV and removing the final decision.
  • Once the applicant informs IRCC via the web form that they are able to travel, a re-opened application may be re-approved provided that the applicant and their family members, whether accompanying or not, have valid immigration medical examinations, criminal and security checks and passports.
  • If the 60-day waiting period elapses and the applicant has not informed IRCC that they are able to travel, a note should be placed in the application, and it should be brought forward for review for an additional 60 days.
If you have further queries about the current Canada immigration scenario or wish to apply Canadian permanent residency, you may write to or can call us at Toll Free No. 78-18-000-777.

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Rajneesh Kumar

Rajneesh Kumar is a well-known writer,blogger and content creator. His passion and expertise in writing content on Immigration, visa, political affairs, News, current affairs, etc. makes him one of the best professional writers around.

He has been creating the Immigration Content, i.e. Blogs, Articles, social media, videos, etc. for more than 5 years now.


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