COVID-19 Immigration Update
by Melissa M. Babel
In the month of March we have seen an unprecedented change to immigration processes and policies in Canada and the United States in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
After a series of announcements covering restrictions on travel to Canada, the Canadian government has now provided some clarity on their website, which states: "The basic rule is that foreign nationals are prohibited from boarding an aircraft for a flight to Canada when the flight is departing from any country other than the United States and the foreign national is not covered by any of the exemptions in the Orders." Exemptions to the travel restriction include immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents (including spouses, children and parents), and those who travel for work or study, or are providing support for economic services and supply chains, critical infrastructure support, health, immediate medical care, safety and security and shopping for essential goods (medication and other).
Additional screening of travelers bound to Canada is in place and international flights have been redirected to one of 4 international airports (Calgary, Vancouver, Toronto Pearson and Montreal PET).
This is a constantly evolving situation, with logistical considerations involving availability of international flights, limitations imposed by airlines and domestic travel restrictions in other countries.
At Babel Immigration Law, we are providing our full suite of services to individuals and businesses throughout this challenging time. We are fully functional and able to meet with clients over the phone, video conferencing and by email. Please reach out to us at any time.
For additional information from IRCC and CBSA please click the link below.