Canada Immigration Update
Canada drops COVID-19 era travel restrictions
The Government of Canada has announced the removal of all COVID-19 entry restrictions, as well as testing, quarantine and isolation requirements for anyone entering Canada, effective October 1, 2022. Specifically, starting on the first of October, all travelers, regardless of citizenship will no longer have to:
- submit public health information through the ArriveCAN app or website
- provide proof of vaccination
- undergo pre- or on-arrival testing
- carry out COVID-19 related quarantine or isolation
- monitor and report if they develop signs or symptoms of COVID-19 upon arriving to Canada
Additionally, masks are no longer required to be work on planes and trains in Canada. Individuals are reminded that they should not travel if they have symptoms of COVID-19.
To Read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/news/2022/09/government-of-canada-to-remove-covid-19-border-and-travel-measures-effective-october-1.html
Ready, or not...We're going online!
The Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has announced a plan to make online filing for certain permanent immigration programs mandatory. The role out of mandatory online filing started on September 23, 2022 with an initial group of applications type including:
- Provincial Nominee program (non-Express Entry)
- Quebec-selected skilled workers
- Rural and northern Immigration Pilot
- Sponsoring a spouse, partner, dependent child or other family
- Sponsoring a parent or grandparent
- Adopting a child through the immigration process
There are many benefits to filing applications online both from the applicant and IRCC perspective. However, the lack of clarity on filing processes and where to seek out technical support in case of a technical issue have created some concern for applicants and counsel. We are hopeful that the technical issues will be resolved, as online processing has many benefits including a paperless filing process, and the ability to move files to various processing centers across the IRCC network, which in turn can help to address our ever-increasing backlog of applications pending approval.
To Read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/how-to-apply-online.html