Canada Adds 30 Days To International Travel Restrictions
Canada is extending travel limitations and compulsory quarantine provisions for COVID-19 until the end of September. Canada has decided to prolong travel limitations on incoming international visitors for yet another month, as COVID-19 remains a public safety threat.
Travel restrictions are also continuing to September 30. This is the third time Canada has expanded the travel limitations, which were initially enforced from March 18 to June 30. Monthly, the federal government has evaluated the coronavirus cases and developed travel policies accordingly.
Furthermore, the obligatory quarantine policy, which had been in force since March, was also extended. Exempt visitors to Canada will have to undergo a 14 day period of self-quarantine if they are admitted to Canada.
Who can come to Canada?
The following groups of persons are exempted from travel restrictions, according to the IRCC:
- Canadian citizens;
- Permanent residents;
- Some people who have been approved for Canadian permanent residence;
- Some temporary foreign workers;
- Some international students; and
- Immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents
Canada is still accepting immigrants
Canada continues to accept immigrants supporting the local labor market and helping the country’s economic development. For asylum seekers working in healthcare, Canada established a roadmap to permanent residency last month.
Another new temporary regulation was also implemented by IRCC. The new initiative enables visitors to apply for a work permit in Canada without leaving the country when they have a legitimate offer of employment
Immigrant programs in Canada continue to be successful, as well. The IRCC regularly invites immigrant applicants to take the next steps towards Canadian permanent residence.
Most ITAs ever issued by Express Entry
While the number of permanent residents accepted to Canada remains lower in comparison to this period last year, the federal government has given more Invitations to Apply (ITAs) via the Express Entry system in 2020 than last year, as per the recent IRCC information.
Four Express Entry draws had been conducted in August. Canada has welcomed applicants for the Express Entry through each federal program. The system manages the Federal Skilled Workers Program, the Federal Skilled Trades Program, and the Canadian Experience Class
Canada also conducted an Express Entry draw which targeted participants of the Provincial Nominee Program (PNP). A further 600 CRS points are automatically assigned to Express Entry candidates, who are granted a provincial nomination by a PNP.
The provinces of British Columbia, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, and Prince Edward Island have conducted PNP draws last month.
The future of Canadian immigration
The Canadian public and the federal government both have a largely optimistic view of immigration. But the global pandemic has raised economic troubles that would impact immigration both in Canada and abroad.
Foreigners typically want to move to Canada, as many say that Canada would not suffer the economic turmoil as seriously as their country of origin. At the same time, the economic slowdown in foreign countries may make it even harder for some individuals to afford the fees needed for Canadian immigration, which this year has actually risen.
The Canadian government would still need to analyze the economy and political climate in order to determine what immigration objectives would look like after 2020. Canada will announce its strategy for multiannual immigration levels by November 1.