Information on COVID-19 and Immigration to Canada

It seems that the world has collapsed into chaos, which makes it hard to assess the situation and understand how COVID-19 has affected different processes. Let's take, for example, immigration and non-immigrant visas to Canada. On the one hand, a picture is pretty clear – the borders are closed, visa centers too, and it isn't much you can do. On the other hand, it isn't exactly like that.

Now let’s look at implications coronavirus has on Canadian immigration and keep in mind that things are set to change soon.

Coronavirus and immigration to Canada

  • All Canadian immigration programs continue to work in the current mode.
  • New immigrants have the right to enter Canada (as an exception to the general rules).
  • The biometrics deadline has been automatically extended to 90 days if you failed to pass it in the allotted 30 days.
  • Your application will not be rejected due to the lack of supporting documents, such as a police certificate, or the inability to undergo a medical examination.
  • No application will be closed or rejected due to a lack of documentation if it is not possible due to COVID-2019.

Coronavirus and admission to Canadian educational institutions/obtaining study permits

  • All educational institutions continue to accept documents for admission and issue study permits; they simply switched to working remotely.
  • Since language centers are closed, many educational institutions have temporarily changed applicants' language requirements and now accept online Duolingo English Tests as an undergraduate English language proficiency. International students are allowed to enter Canada (as an exception to the general rules).
  • The deadline for biometrics is automatically extended to 90 days if you could not pass it in the allotted 30 days.
  • Your application will not be rejected due to the lack of supporting documents or the inability to undergo a medical examination.
  • None of the applications will be closed or dismissed due to a lack of documentation if it is not possible due to COVID-2019.

Coronavirus and work permits/work visas for Canada

  • Foreign employees are allowed to enter Canada (as an exception to the general rules).
  • The deadline for biometrics is automatically extended to 90 days if you could not pass it in the allotted 30 days.
  • Your application will not be rejected due to the lack of supporting documents or the inability to undergo a medical examination.
  • No application will be closed or rejected due to a lack of documentation if it is not possible due to COVID-2019.

Current processes are not in favor of obtaining work visas or a job offer from a Canadian employer. Although most small and medium-sized businesses in Canada are reopening, unemployment among the local population is still an issue. So the chances for foreigners to find work are pretty slim.

Coronavirus and tourist/visitor visas to Canada

  • Applications for temporary visas are temporarily not accepted, including eTAs.
  • Only close relatives of its citizens or permanent residents can now enter Canada.
  • Regular tourist visits or visits to distant relatives, friends, are currently not possible.

Coronavirus and family sponsorship for Canada

  • Sponsorship applications for spouses and children continue to be accepted in the current mode.
  • New spouses with children are eligible to enter Canada (as an exception to the general rules).
  • The deadline for biometrics is automatically extended to 90 days if you could not pass it in the allotted 30 days.
  • Your application will not be rejected due to the lack of supporting documents or the inability to undergo a medical examination.
  • No application will be closed or rejected due to a lack of documentation if it is not possible due to COVID-2019.

Regarding parental sponsorship in 2020, there is still no specific information, but this has been going on since the very beginning of the year and has little to do with the pandemic and its consequences.

Coronavirus and our work

  • We continue to work remotely. Most documents are being submitted to the Canadian Immigration Service online, so nothing has changed.
  • We also process paperwork, but there may be some problems with sending documents from abroad to Canada.
  • Service prices are temporarily reduced. You can get in touch with our Customer service department to find out more.