Travel across the globe is now complicated with COVID-19's threat of infection. If you have plans to visit Canada from the US please read the information provided below to make your trip easier and safer. There are a few things you need to make sure, like the Ports of Entry Before you visit Canada. Please check which ports of entry are operating. Visit webpage on the Canadian Border Services Agency website, that lists all open ports of entry and services they currently provide.
The travel restriction will be eased on some people. The details are as follows:
Canadian citizens and permanent residents
For Canadian citizen or permanent resident, you will have to quarantine for 14 days and have a quarantine plan. If you're showing symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival, you'll be referred to an officer from the General Public Health Agency of Canada. You’ll then be requested to isolate from others for 14 days to avoid the potential spread of the virus.
For an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident travelling from the U.S., you must not have any symptoms of COVID-19 and your stay in Canada must be for a minimum of 15 consecutive days. If you have a plan to stay for a shorter period please refer All other foreign nationals section below. You will be expected to submit evidence that you are an immediate family member and you must have a quarantine plan in place.
Temporary foreign workers
For temporary workers, you will have to prove that you possess a legitimate Work permit or approval letter, and proof of employment upon arrival. If you are employed at a Canadian business and do not have a work permit you can apply at the port of entry. You should not be exhibiting any symptoms of COVID-19.
All other foreign nationals
If you're not a Canadian citizen/ permanent resident or an immediate relative (excluding Staying for a shorter period than 15 days.), proof of travel for an important purpose is required. No symptoms of COVID-19 must be exhibited and should have a quarantine plan. If you're looking to transit through Canada to visit Alaska, you will need to follow additional rules.
Checklist for travellers to Canada
Everyone travelling to Canada, including Canadian citizens and permanent residents, must do the following:
Wear a non-medical mask throughout your trip, if travelling by air.
You will have to pass a checkup before you board your flight if travelling by air.
Download the ArriveCAN mobile app on your phone and provide the basic information or you can do it using a web form, or a paper form.
You will have to pass a checkup by a border services officer or a quarantine officer upon arrival in Canada.
Have a plan to quarantine for 14 days.
All travellers to Canada are required to possess a plan to quarantine for 14 days. This is often mandatory. This plan should include your place of stay, transportation to your stay, access to grocery and the other services including healthcare. You must confirm that you will not come in contact with anyone over 65 years of age or anyone with underlying health conditions or weak immune systems. You need to wear a non-medical mask on your way to your place of quarantine.
Go straight to your home of quarantine without stopping anywhere.
Do not leave your home of quarantine, unless you need medical attention.
Do not welcome any guests or use any outdoor spaces unless they're private.
If you develop symptoms of COVID-19, contact your local public health authority, and extend your 14-day quarantine period from the day you developed symptoms.
If you're a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and are showing symptoms of COVID-19 upon arrival in Canada, you'll be requested to self-isolate. This means that you are required to follow all the quarantine rules. You will only be allowed to use private transportation.
You’re to regularly clean any common areas in your home of isolation.
If your condition worsens, please contact your local public health authority.
TRAVEL SAFE AND RESPONSIBLY.
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Express Entry – August 6, 2020
Ministerial Instructions respecting invitations to apply for permanent residence – Federal Skilled Trades ONLY!
The pandemic has brought the world to a halt and caused major inconveniences. Canada is one of the countries that has handled this situation well and has issued Express Entry invitations since March. Though the invitations were initially confined to Canadian Experience Class or those with a provincial nomination. Canada has now resumed to all programs since July.
The immigration Authority of Canada has recently placed an express entry draw on the 6th of August,2020 at 13:46:53 UTC. This is the first Federal Skilled Trades (FST) only draw since October 2019. 250 Federal skilled trader(FST) candidates are to apply for their permanent residence through this draw.
The required CRS score is 415 or higher. Rank required for a candidate to receive their invite for the Permanent Residence application is 250 or above. Profiles submitted with 415 CRS score after June 2, 2020, at 09:35:31 UTC will have the tiebreaker rule applied.CRS score of lowest-ranked candidate invited was 415. If there are multiple candidates with the lowest score, the cut-off depends on the date and time of their Express Entry profile submission.
For more information visit Express Entry rounds of invitations.
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Latest Express Entry draw took place on Thursday, July 9, 2020. The draw was of 478 points. The draw went up drastically by 47 points. This is due to the IELTS Testing Centers that have been reopened.
Latest Express Entry draw took place on Thursday, June 25, 2020. The draw was of 431 points.
Latest Express Entry draw took place on Thursday, May 28, 2020. The draw was of 440 points.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there are travel restrictions in place for people travelling to and entering Canada.
The following can travel and enter Canada:
- Canadian citizen
- Canadian permanent resident
- person registered under Canada’s Indian Act
- protected person
- foreign national who is coming for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose from the United States (U.S.)
- foreign national who is coming for an essential (non-discretionary) purpose from a country other than the U.S. and are exempt from the travel restrictions
Due to the detrimental impacts of COVID-19 including its travel restrictions to the US-Canadian border, you cannot travel from inside Canada to apply at a port of entry.
As a result, visitors can extend their stay by applying for a visitor record to extend their stay. Workers and students have two options. If you are no longer studying or working, you can apply to change your status. If you want to continue working or studying you can apply for a work or study permit extension.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Immigration and Citizenship Canada has provided an extension for the biometrics of temporary residents and permanent resident applicants, inside and outside Canada.
When biometric collection resumes in Canada, you can book an appointment with Service Canada (at a designated Service Canada office). You will not need a new biometrics instruction letter (BIL).
When biometric collection resumes outside Canada, you can book a new appointment with a VAC or ASC. You will not need a new biometrics instruction letter (BIL).
Passport services in Canada are suspended till further notice, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can get travel document services if you need to travel urgently and fall under the reasons for urgent travel. Immigration and Refugees Canada advises that if one does not need their passport urgently, to wait until normal service resumes.