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COVID-19 IMMIGRATION UPDATES

Due to the exceptional and fluid circumstances arising from the COVID-19 pandemic, information will be updated as soon as possible. We direct you to government resources for a fulsome and up-to-date account of the current situation.

Travel Ban: If you are currently in Canada, we advise against all non-essential travel outside of the country. Please note that all foreign nationals in Canada must maintain valid temporary status. A travel ban is in effect and applies to all foreign nationals, unless eligible for an exemption. The following foreign nationals are exempt from the travel ban:

  • Immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.  “Immediate family member” means the spouse, common law partner, parent/grandparent, dependent child, the dependent child of the dependent child, guardian or tutor of the Canadian citizen/permanent resident of Canada.
  • Foreign nationals travelling from the United States if the purpose of travel is not “optional or discretionary” such as “tourism, recreation, or entertainment.” Some foreign nationals will be required to demonstrate that they have been in the U.S. for 14 days prior to seeking entry to Canada, and others will be exempt from this requirement.
  • Foreign nationals travelling from all other countries outside the U.S. who fall into an enumerated exemption. Among others, enumerated exemptions include foreign nationals who hold a valid work permit, hold a written work permit approval, hold a valid study permit, hold a written study permit approval issued before noon EST on March 18, 2020, or a person whose application for permanent residence was approved before noon EST on March 18, 2020. Some foreign nationals who have an immediate family member residing in Canada who is a work permit or study permit holder may be authorized by a designated official to enter Canada for the purposes of family reunification.

The travel ban does not apply to Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents of Canada.

All individuals who are granted entry to Canada will also be asked to self-quarantine for 14 days.

Note that any individual who exhibits symptoms of illness may be refused boarding by air carriers or entry to Canada at the border.

INTEGRITY. EXCELLENCE. DEDICATION.

At Green and Spiegel, we are want to make sure that you are doing everything possible to minimize the disruption of COVID-19 in terms of your immigration status and possibly your healthcare. We expect that the processing times for extensions will be significantly affected by COVID-19.  We recommend that we initiate an extension for you SIX months prior to your expiry date.  Let’s be proactive in doing what we can to carry on.  We are all in this together. 

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If you are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident, the time is right to begin the process of sponsoring your spouse for Canadian permanent residence.  If both you and your spouse live outside of Canada and are planning to move back home, we can assist you. If you currently live in Canada and are a citizen or permanent resident, we would be delighted to assist you in reuniting with your spouse in Canada.   Making a spousal sponsorship application can be a stressful process, but it doesn’t have to be.  Green and Spiegel will support you and your ​family every step of the way to make sure that the application is successful and that you and your ​family can build a life in Canada.

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If you are a Permanent Resident of Canada, the time is right to apply for Canadian Citizenship. You are eligible for citizenship if you have resided in Canada for 3 out of the past 5 years immediately prior to your application. You may count each day that they were present in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person before becoming a permanent resident as a half-day toward meeting the physical presence requirement for citizenship, up to a maximum credit of 365 days.

If your child has one parent who is a Canadian citizen or a parent who is applying to become a Canadian citizen, the time is right to apply for citizenship for that child.  Children of one Canadian born parent can apply for citizenship regardless of where they were born or where they reside.

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If you are a Permanent Resident of Canada, the time is right to apply for Canadian Citizenship. You are eligible for citizenship if you have resided in Canada for 3 out of the past 5 years immediately prior to your application. You may count each day that they were present in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person before becoming a permanent resident as a half-day toward meeting the physical presence requirement for citizenship, up to a maximum credit of 365 days.

If your child has one parent who is a Canadian citizen or a parent who is applying to become a Canadian citizen, the time is right to apply for citizenship for that child.  Children of one Canadian born parent can apply for citizenship regardless of where they were born or where they reside.

If you are a Permanent Resident of Canada, the time is right to apply for Canadian Citizenship. You are eligible for citizenship if you have resided in Canada for 3 out of the past 5 years immediately prior to your application. You may count each day that they were present in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person before becoming a permanent resident as a half-day toward meeting the physical presence requirement for citizenship, up to a maximum credit of 365 days.

If your child has one parent who is a Canadian citizen or a parent who is applying to become a Canadian citizen, the time is right to apply for citizenship for that child.  Children of one Canadian born parent can apply for citizenship regardless of where they were born or where they reside.

If you are a Permanent Resident of Canada, the time is right to apply for Canadian Citizenship. You are eligible for citizenship if you have resided in Canada for 3 out of the past 5 years immediately prior to your application. You may count each day that they were present in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person before becoming a permanent resident as a half-day toward meeting the physical presence requirement for citizenship, up to a maximum credit of 365 days.

If your child has one parent who is a Canadian citizen or a parent who is applying to become a Canadian citizen, the time is right to apply for citizenship for that child.  Children of one Canadian born parent can apply for citizenship regardless of where they were born or where they reside.

If you are a Permanent Resident of Canada, the time is right to apply for Canadian Citizenship. You are eligible for citizenship if you have resided in Canada for 3 out of the past 5 years immediately prior to your application. You may count each day that they were present in Canada as a temporary resident or protected person before becoming a permanent resident as a half-day toward meeting the physical presence requirement for citizenship, up to a maximum credit of 365 days.

If your child has one parent who is a Canadian citizen or a parent who is applying to become a Canadian citizen, the time is right to apply for citizenship for that child.  Children of one Canadian born parent can apply for citizenship regardless of where they were born or where they reside.

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COVID 19 AND CANADIAN IMMIGRATION: ANSWERING TRAVEL RESTRICTION QUESTIONS

by Stephen Doherty | Mar 23, 2020

As we continue to venture into unchartered waters surrounding COVID 19, the Canadian Government has implemented measures to help contain the virus. Namely, significant travel restrictions have been put in place in an effort to decrease the spread of COVID 19.

Over the last week, the Government of Canada has laid out a series of travel restrictions and exemptions. Below are some of the most pressing questions relating to Canadian immigration, as of March 23, 2020.

Q: Who can fly to Canada?

A: Only Canadian Citizens, Canadian permanent residents, and U.S. citizens are allowed to enter Canada by airplane. Foreign nationals travelling from the US who have been in the US for at least 14 days will be able to enter Canada. Any passenger who has symptoms of the virus will not be permitted to board an airplane to Canada. All travellers arriving in Canada must isolate upon their entry to Canada for 14 days.

Q: Who can travel from the United States to Canada by land?

Due to an agreement between Canada and the United States, individuals travelling to Canada for non-essential purposes, such as for a vacation or shopping, will not be able to enter. Legitimate travel includes: travel for essential and business purposes, diplomatic travel, travelling to care for family members, and trucking for supply chain purposes. Canadians currently in the United States can return back to Canada. All travellers arriving in Canada must isolate upon their entry to Canada for 14 days.

Note that again, entry for essential purposes is restricted to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, U.S. citizens, and foreign nationals who have been in the US for at least 14 days.

Q: Who is exempt from these travel restrictions?

A: The above travel restrictions will not apply to temporary foreign workers, international students with valid study permits, and prospective international students who have been approved for a study permit before March 18, 2020.  Foreign nationals who were approved for permanent residence before March 16, 2020, but who have not yet travelled to Canada will also be exempt. Although these exemptions have been announced, they are not officially in place and these individuals should not travel to Canada at this time.

Exemptions also apply to immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents. There are other exemptions available to individuals’ whose presence in Canada would be in the nation’s interest and passengers in transit through Canada.

Q: Who is an immediate family member?

A: Immediate family members include a Canadian citizen or permanent resident’s:

  • Spouse or common law partner;
  • Dependent child or their spouse or common-law partner’s dependent child;
  • Dependent child of a dependent child;
  • Parent or step-parent or their spouse or common-law partner’s parent or step-parent; or
  • Guardian or tutor.

This definition of immediate family member is broader than the definition of a family member in the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act.

Q: Will my temporary or permanent residence applications continue to be accepted and processed during this time?

A: Applications are being accepted and processed at this time, however, delays can be expected. As there is great uncertainty ahead, the processing times posted may be subject to change. Further, the travel restrictions will still apply, making certain applications, like obtaining a visitor visa for non-essential travel unfruitful. There may be challenges with completing steps in the application process, such as providing biometrics or completing a medical exam. The inability to provide biometrics or complete a medical exam due to the situation will not be a ground for refusal.

Q: My temporary residence status is about to expire and I am currently in Canada, what should I do?

A: Temporary Residents in Canada must continue to maintain valid status in Canada. Exceptions are not being made on the basis of COVID-19. Temporary residents must ensure to respect the terms and conditions of their status and be sure to extend their status where applicable.

Q: I am an international student currently studying in Canada. My classes have now been moved to an online format because of the virus. Will this affect my post-graduate work permit eligibility?

IRCC acknowledges this unique situation and accepts that courses that are now going to be offered online on an extraordinary basis due to the virus. This scenario will not affect a student’s eligibility for a post-graduate work permit.

We hope that the above information can provide a little clarity during these uncertain times. Should you have any immigration queries, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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