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Canada Extends International Travel Restrictions Until September 30

Canada is extending international travel restrictions on incoming foreign travelers until the 30th of September as coronavirus continues to pose a threat to public safety.

International travel restrictions are now being extended until the 30th of September. This is Canada’s third time extending the travel restrictions that were initially put in place from March 18 until June 30. The federal government of Canada has been assessing the coronavirus situation every month and adjusting travel policies accordingly.

Also, the mandatory quarantine order that was put in place since March has also been extended. Exempt travelers will have to carry out a self-isolation period of fourteen (14) days if they are allowed into Canada.

Who can come to Canada?

According to Canada’s immigration department or IRCC, the following groups of people are exempt from travel restrictions:

  • Canadian citizens;
  • Permanent residents;
  • Some people who have been approved for Canadian immigration;
  • Some temporary foreign worker;
  • Some international students; and
  • Immediate family members of Canadians and permanent residents
  • dependent children, dependent children of dependent children, the parents or step-parent, tutor or guardian).

Canada creating a pathway for immigrants

Canada continues to welcome immigrants who support the labor market and help in economic recovery. This past month IRCC created a route to Canadian permanent residence for asylum-seekers working in healthcare.

IRCC also launched a temporary policy where holders of visitor visas who had Canadian job offers could file for a work permit without having to leave the country.

Immigration programs are also continuing to be ongoing, inviting immigration candidates to take the next steps towards Canadian permanent residence.

Most ITAs ever issued by Express Entry

Though the number of new immigrants admitted to Canada is still down compared to this time last year, according to the recent IRCC data, the federal government of Canada has so far sent out more Invitations to Apply (ITAs) via the Express Entry system in 2020 than any year before.

There were four Express Entry draws conducted in August. Canada invited immigration candidates through every federal program managed by Express Entry, which includes the Federal Skilled Trades Program, the Federal Skilled Worker Program, and the Canadian Experience Class.

Canada also conducted an Express Entry draw aiming at Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) recipients. Express Entry candidates who are granted a provincial nomination through a PNP are automatically awarded an extra 600 Comprehensive Ranking System points, and are thereby practically guaranteed to receive an invitation in a subsequent Express Entry draw.

PNP draws were conducted by the provinces of Manitoba,British Columbia, SaskatchewanOntario, and Prince Edward Island this month.