Coronavirus & Canada Immigration 2020 Processing Times

How Corona Virus impact on Canadian Immigration Processing Times

Since the breakout of the Coronavirus it has left many wondering when things are going back to normal. Many Businesses in Canada are affected by this and have closed down to prevent the deadly disease from spreading. The Canadian Government announced the closure of all non-essential business.

Fortunately, IRCC is considered an essential business and is continuing to accept and process application on a short staff.

What does this mean to clients and applicants that have submitted applications to IRCC? Your application would still be processed however, the results of your application would be extended due to the short staff.

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Permanent Resident

  • If your application was approved on or before March 18, 2020 and have not travelled to Canada yet, you are exempt from the travel restriction.
  • All landing appointments will be done by telephone whenever possible. All in-person landing appointments are cancelled until further notice.

Permanent Residence applications that are still processing

  • No application in progress will be closed or refused because of documents missing. IRCC will give you 90 days to complete these steps.
  • The documents that you may not be able to get right now include:
    • Submitting your passport or supporting documents, such as a police certificate
    • Completing an immigration medical exam
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Biometrics at Service Canada location

  • All biometrics appointments have been cancelled
  • Must reschedule your biometrics when Service Canada locations return to normal operations

Restrictions and exemptions for travelers to Canada

  • You cannot travel to Canada even if you have a valid visitor visa or travel authorization.

Canadian Citizenship

All citizenship events across Canada are cancelled until further notice this includes:

  • Citizenship Ceremonies
  • Citizenship tests and retests
  • Hearings
  • Interviews
  • IRCC will be issuing you new date and time in the upcoming weeks through the email address that was provided in the application.
  • Any new requested documents will be given an extra 90 days from the deadline
  • New Citizenship applications are still being accepted.
  • Any days that you spend abroad due to COVID-19 will not count as days in Canada.

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