COVID-19 Updates: Travel Restrictions
Travel from the US (OIC 16): Prohibits all “non-discretionary travel” from the United States. Does not exclude entry for those including:
COVID-19 Updates: Biometrics Exemptions
Biometrics collections centres in Canada remain closed without further notice. This has caused processing delays with
PR and TR applications.
Applicants in Canada recently exempted from biometrics for certain types of applications – but NOT PR applications.
If you have already applied and paid for biometrics, you will get a refund at the end of processing; if you haven’t yet applied,
there is no need to pay the fee.
If you are in process for PR, complete of PR processing cannot occur without biometrics (even if you have valid biometrics
from a recent TR application). That said, your application will not be refused because you missed a biometrics deadline.
COVID-19 Updates: Job Changes
In May 2020, IRCC introduced a policy that allows workers to change employers even without/before they have obtained a new LMIA approval or PNP nomination. Details are found here:
Applicants applying under this policy make clear that they are seeking to engage the exemption, and will receive a letter from IRCC within ~10 days allowing them to switch employers while their underlying LMIA, PNP or employer compliance approval is pending. That underlying approval is then forwarded to the department before the work permit itself is issued.
COVID-19 Updates: Delayed Processing
Citizenship tests and ceremonies have been cancelled since March 2010 -some are being scheduled online, but in a very ad hoc way.
In person landings are no longer happening, though some are being landed by email. Again, this is happening in a very ad hoc way.
Spousal applications and open work permits are processing much slower than usual.
Hearings at all levels of the IRB and Federal court have been either cancelled or slower to schedule.
LMIAs (except for essential workers and caregivers) have slowed to a crawl, or stopped processing entirely.
Many visa office applications are extremely slow to process, and those in closed visa offices and visa application centres are not processing at all.