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Canada extends border closure until at least September 30th | Moving2Canada

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EST, August 28, 2020Canada extends international travel ban until at least September 30th: Canada has extended the emergency order banning the entry of most foreign nationals until at least September 30th (Source: Public Safety Minister Bill Blair)
The extension of the emergency order continues the same restrictions and exemptions as have been in place for the last several months
Please note, this ban covers all countries except the United States which has a separate travel ban in place until at least September 21
Canada-U
S
border closure extended to September 21st: The Canada-U
S
border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least September 21 (Source: Public Safety Minister Bill Blair)
There is no guarantee the border will open as of that date; negotiations are ongoing between the two countries
The vast majority of foreign nationals are barred from entering Canada at this time, but there are a number of exemptions to the travel ban
The following groups can cross the border into Canada whether by air or by land:Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents;immediate family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents who are travelling to Canada for non-discretionary reasons;temporary workers who hold a valid work permit or who are approved for a work permit but have not yet been issued the work permit (please note that flagpoling is not permitted at this time, refer below for more details);IEC participants who have not yet activated their work permits must have a valid job offer in order to enter, this job offer does not need to be in an essential sector (Source: IRCC);IEC participants who have already activated their work permits and were outside the country temporarily do not require a valid job offer in order to re-enter (Source: IRCC; note that anecdotal reports suggest airline staff may still request to see proof of a connection to Canada like employment, housing, or family, when boarding);international students who hold a valid study permit, or who had been approved for a study permit when the travel restrictions took effect on March 18, 2020, or who are coming from the United States, and who are entering for a non-discretionary purpose;COPR-holders with a valid COPR who are residing in any country other than the United States and were approved for their COPR before 12pm EDT on March 18, 2020, and who are travelling to Canada to settle permanently (Source: IRCC);COPR-holders with a valid COPR who are residing in the United States and were approved on any date (even after March 18, 2020) and who are travelling to Canada to settle permanently (Source: IRCC)
There are a handful of other exceptional exemptions listed here
(Sources: IRCC, Order in Council – U
S
, Order in Council – International)A source at CBSA has confirmed some people who are eligible for exemptions to travel restrictions are being denied boarding on flights or turned away at the border, especially if they cannot provide a plan for self-isolation upon arrival or provide evidence that their travel to Canada is necessary at this time
Please note that if you choose to travel to Canada at this time, there is a risk that your entry may be denied
Mandatory Quarantine: As of March 26, anyone entering Canada will be forced to enter a mandatory 14-day quarantine
Canada’s Health Minister has announced that this quarantine will be enforced and that those breaking quarantine may be subject to fines and jail time
Certain exemptions will be made for essential workers
(Source: CBC)Isolation Plan: If you are planning to enter Canada, you should prepare an isolation plan, detailing how to intend to quarantine for 14 days upon arrival
If you do not have an isolation plan in place you may be denied entry, or made to isolate at a government-designated hotel for the isolation period
You also must wear a mask during your travel from the Port of Entry to your isolation location
Updates for International Experience Canada (IEC): Government guidelines about how COVID-19 is impacting IEC, including the Working Holiday program, have been updated throughout May
We’ve updated our Working Holiday Newshub with the latest
Asylum seekers: Canada is considering a new immigration program that would allow asylum seekers working in critical healthcare roles during COVID-19 to apply for permanent resident status
Full details here
On Friday, March 20, Prime Minister Trudeau announced that asylum seekers who irregularly cross the U
S
border into Canada will be returned to the United States
This is a developing story
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As the impact of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) becomes more apparent around the world, the Moving2Canada team has received an increasing volume of related inquiries from people expecting to move to or visit Canada within the coming weeks and months
We aim to refer affected persons to the information and advice they may need
I am applying for a study permit
Will I be able to begin my studies in September?Study Permit Eligibility & Application ProcessThe Canadian government is introducing special measures to help approved international students and study permit applicants who are hoping to begin Canadian studies in the fall (Source: IRCC)
Many international students will be able to begin or continue their Canadian studies while living outside Canada through distance learning
The new measures include:Giving priority study-permit processing for students who have submitted a complete application online; andImplementing a temporary two-stage approval process to reassure international students who cannot submit all required documents for their study permit applications and who choose to pursue Canadian programs through distance learning
The temporary two-stage approval process will allow study permit applicants to count time spent studying online abroad towards their PGWP as long as they’ve received an approval-in-principle, as long as eventually they are able to satisfy all requirements and receive a full approval of their study permit
This should provide hope to some study permit applicants who were hoping to begin studies in the fall, but were unable to obtain all required documents for their study permit due to COVID-19
Read full updates on how COVID-19 is impacting international students in our dedicated COVID Student Newshub
Post-Graduation Work Permit (PGWP) EligibilityCanada has introduced special measures due to COVID-19 which allow international students to complete a percentage of their studies from abroad and still count this time towards their eligibility for a post-graduation work permit (PGWP)
The percentage of online course work you can complete while maintaining eligibility for your PGWP depends on which situation describes you:Students may now study online from abroad until April 30, 2021, with no time deducted from the length of a future post-graduation work permit, provided 50 percent of their program of study is eventually completed in Canada
Students who have enrolled in a program that is between 8 and 12 months in length, with a start date from May to September 2020, will be able to complete their entire program online from abroad and still be eligible for a post-graduation work permit
Students who have enrolled in a program with a start date from May to September 2020 and study online up to April 30, 2021, and who graduate from more than one eligible program of study, may be able to combine the length of their programs of study when they apply for a post-graduation work permit in the future, as long as 50 percent of their total studies are completed in Canada
You will still have to meet all other eligibility requirements for a PGWP
To be eligible for these measures, students must have submitted a study permit application before starting a program of study in the spring, summer, or fall 2020 semester, or the January 2021 semester
All students must eventually be approved for a study permit
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has introduced special measures to help temporary and permanent residents and applicants affected by the novel coronavirus (COVID‑19)
This link contains advice for:If you’ve been approved for permanent residence,If you’re a Canadian citizenship applicant,If you’ve applied for temporary or permanent residence and are outside Canada (this includes applications for work permits and study permits),If you’re about to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry,If you need a visitor visa, study permit or work permit to travel to Canada urgently,If you’re a permanent resident who needs to travel to Canada urgently, orIf you’re a temporary resident who is unable to leave Canada
For advice on any of the above situations, click here
Social Insurance Number (SIN) applicantsIndividuals requiring a Social Insurance Number (SIN) are now eligible to apply for a SIN online
Cancellation/Resumption of in-person appointments in CanadaIRCC has cancelled a significant number of in-person appointments scheduled to take place in Canada
All in-person citizenship ceremonies and citizenship tests are cancelled until further notice, but IRCC is now conducting a limited number of citizenship ceremonies virtually (Source: IRCC)
IRCC has cancelled all in-person landing appointments for permanent residents
They have introduced a new process to confirm permanent resident status that circumvents the need for a CoPR for in-Canada applicants (Source: IRCC)
Canada is gradually resuming passport services: Starting July 31, Canadians can once again apply for a passport by mail
If Canadians have an immediate need for a passport or are travelling in less than 30 days with proof of travel, they can request in-person appointments
(Source: IRCC)

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