Canada is extending travel restrictions for inbound foreign travelers by one month as the coronavirus continues to pose a threat to public safety.
Travel restrictions are now extended until September 30. This is the third time that Canada has extended travel restrictions initially put in place from March 18 to June 30. The federal government is reviewing the coronavirus situation month by month and adjusting travel policies. Consequently.
Also, the mandatory quarantine order in force since March has been extended. Exempt travelers will be required to complete a 14-day self-isolation period if they are permitted to enter Canada.
Who can enter Canada?
According to IRCC, the following groups of people are exempt from travel restrictions:
Immigrants still welcomed by Canada
Canada continues to welcome immigrants who support the labor market and contribute to the economic recovery. Last month, Canada created a pathway to permanent residence for asylum seekers working in the health sector.
IRCC also implemented a temporary policy allowing people with visitor status who had job offers in Canada to apply for a work permit without having to leave the country. Immigration programs also continue to be active, urging would-be immigrants to take the next steps towards permanent residence.
Express entry setting record for the most number of ITAs
While the number of permanent residents admitted to Canada is still down from the same time last year, according to the latest IRCC data, the federal government has so far issued more Invitations To Apply (ITA) through the Express Entry system in 2020 than any year before.
There were four Express Entry draws in August. Canada has invited applicants under each federal program administered by Express Entry, which includes: Federal Skilled Worker Program, Federal Skilled Trades Program, and Canadian Experience Class.
Canada also hosted an Express Entry draw targeting Provincial Nominee Program (PNP) recipients. Express Entry candidates who receive a provincial nomination through a PNP automatically receive an additional 600 points from the full ranking system and are thus effectively guaranteed to receive an ITA in a subsequent Express Entry draw.
Future of Canada Immigration
The federal government and the Canadian public continue to share a generally positive view of immigration. However, the global pandemic has presented economic challenges in Canada and abroad that will impact immigration.
Foreigners usually still want to come to Canada, as many say economic hardship will not be as bad in Canada as it is in their home country. At the same time, the economic recession in foreign countries could make it more difficult for some people to pay the required fees for Canadian immigration, which have increased this year.
The Canadian government will also need to assess the economy and political climate to decide what immigration targets will look like beyond 2020. Canada will unveil its multi-year plan on immigration levels by November 1.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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