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Work Permit Holders Allowed To Come To Canada For Work Despite COVID-19

Work permit holders are now allowed to come to Canada even if they were approved after the government issued travel restrictions to contain the spread of coronavirus.

In an earlier public release made as per the ban, it appeared a certain number of people would not be allowed to enter Canada if their permits were approved after March 18.

Now that has changed, work permit holders, even those outside the United States, are allowed to enter Canada as long as they are not displaying coronavirus symptoms. Even Travellers who do present symptoms of the disease may still be allowed to enter by land, but must self isolate.

It is now compulsory for all travellers to self-isolate for fourteen (14) days after entering Canada from abroad. The only exception to this restriction is for truck drivers who frequently cross the Canada-U.S. border to maintain the flow of goods.

Canada has also introduced and implemented some temporary modifications to the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) process for Agri-food-processing employers. The mandatory two-week recruitment period will be waived for the next six months. They will also expand the maximum allowable employment time span for workers in the low-wage Temporary Foreign Worker Program stream from one to two years.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) will not refuse or close any application in the process due to a lack of documentation. They will also not decline individuals who were unable to complete certain steps in the process such as completing a medical exam and giving biometrics.

Extending Temporary Resident Status In Canada During Covid-19

Temporary residents (i.e foreign workers, visitors or international students) in Canada can apply to extend their status online and are allowed to stay in Canada until a decision is made on their new application.

If their initial temporary residence status expires while awaiting a decision on their applications they are still allowed to remain in Canada but will be on “implied status.”

Travelling to a port of entry to apply directly to an immigration services officer is not considered “essential travel,” and applicants will be denied services.