Canada Immigration Update
ArriveCan App is now mandatory for all travelers arriving by air to Canada, including Canadian permanent residents and citizens. If you are flying to Canada, be ready. Download the app before you travel and complete the mandatory travel and contact information, quarantine plan (unless you are exempt) and the COVID-19 symptom self-assessments. Usage of the app is not mandatory for travel by land and sea, but it is strongly encouraged.
To read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus-disease-covid-19/arrivecan.html
Schedule your Biometrics: In March 2020, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, in-person biometric collection was paused by Service Canada. It was been reintroduced by appointment only, with Service Canada calling clients to schedule appointments. As of November 30, clients who have not been contacted can use the online scheduling tool to schedule their own appointment, as stated in their biometrics instructions letter.
To read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/biometrics-tool-reopening.html?s=09
Online Citizenship Tests: IRCC is launching a new platform for online citizenship tests. The platform is being tested over the next few months, and IRCC will be begin to invited applicants to use the platform once it is ready for a full rollout. Once invited, applicants will have 21 days to complete the test.
To read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/news/notices/online-citizenship-test-2020.html
Permanent Residence Confirmation Portal: IRCC is moving to an online portal solution to confirm permanent residence. This innovative change allows for confirmation of PR status without in-person interviews and has the potential to decrease the time required for confirmation of PR at the end of application process.
To read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/immigration-refugees-citizenship/services/immigrate-canada/pr-confirmation-portal.html
Extension of Travel Restrictions: Canada will extend the travel restrictions and Mandatory Isolation Order for all travelers seeking entry into Canada from a country other than the US until January 21, 20201. Travel restrictions for US citizens and foreign nationals arriving from the US remain in place until December 21, 2020 and may be extended at that time.
To read more: https://www.canada.ca/en/public-safety-canada/news/2020/11/government-of-canada-announces-extension-of-travel-restrictions.html