Government Update on Travel Restrictions and Support for Family Reunification

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) Minister Marco E. L. Mendicino, Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair and Health Minister Patty Hajdu have recently announced that, the Government of Canada is

  • further strengthening the public health presence at the border and enhancing quarantine monitoring;
  • increasing the use of digital forms and processes to allow critical information to be shared more quickly with provinces and territories;
  • Introducing processes to support enhanced family reunification, including those in long-term exclusive relationships, international students and entry for compassionate reasons.

More specifically, these processes will provide for the entry of

  • certain extended family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents, including those in an exclusive dating relationship of at least 1 year and their dependent children, as well as adult children, grandchildren, siblings and grandparents
  • foreign nationals for compassionate reasons in specific circumstances, such as life-threatening illness, critical injury or death, with potential limited release from quarantine
  • international students, starting October 20, 2020, if they will be attending a designated learning institution that has been identified by their provincial or territorial government as having a COVID‑19 readiness plan in place

Detailed information on who may qualify as an extended family member and the process and requirements to be eligible to travel to and enter Canada will be available on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada website on October 8, 2020.

Word of the Day:

Reunification: the action of bringing people together after a period of separation

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