The Canadian Department of Immigration has issued new guidelines for holders of expired permanent residence visas.
Persons who are in possession of a Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and a Permanent Resident (PR) Visa but whose documents have now expired will be permitted in Canada.
Canada has implemented different policies for expired visa holders depending on whether they are from the United States or other countries. People from outside the United States must have obtained their visas on or before March 18 in order to benefit from the new measure. U.S. visa holders are eligible regardless of when they received their visas.
Only those who intend to stay and settle will be allowed to travel to Canada at this time and become permanent residents. Those who intend to come to Canada temporarily and leave cannot do so now unless they are exempt from the restrictions.
Travel to Canada must be non-discretionary. The government offers examples of the definition of non-discretionary travel on its website.
Different groups have been made for the process. These groups are as follows:
Group 1: Valid COPR and PRV and traveling from any country other than the U.S
Those traveling from countries other than the United States who received a COPR and PRV on or before March 18 and are still valid are:
Group 2: Valid COPR and PRV and traveling from the U.S
Applicants may travel to Canada from the United States for non-discretionary purposes to settle and reside in Canada if:
Group 3: Expired COPR and PRV and traveling from any other country other than the U.S
Applicants for permanent residence who are in possession of an expired COPR and PRV and who are ready to travel to Canada are asked to contact Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) using a web form. Applicants are requested to provide the COPR expiration date and the non-discretionary reason (s) for their trip.
Once the web forms are received, applicants will be directed to the appropriate processing network and will be assessed according to the following eligibility criteria:
Group 4: Expired COPR and PRV and Travelling from the U.S
Persons traveling from the United States with expired COPRs may travel to Canada for non-discretionary reasons to settle in Canada as permanent residents provided:
What to do if you have an expired COPR and PRV and are ready to travel to Canada?
Applicants for permanent residence who are in possession of an expired COPR and PRV and who are ready to travel to Canada are asked to contact Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) using a web form. Applicants are requested to provide the COPR expiration date and the non-discretionary reason (s) for their trip. IRCC will then return the web form request to the appropriate processing network who will assess the request based on the following eligibility criteria.
You need to gather evidence that:
You should also make sure that you and your accompanying family members meet the following criteria:
IRCC will give priority to clients with a detailed proposed or confirmed travel plan, or to clients who demonstrate a willingness to book and confirm travel plans as soon as they are approved.
Processing of new PR Visa applications
Canada is currently accepting new applications for permanent residence.
New files incomplete due to missing documents will be retained and reviewed within 90 days.
However, if a new app lacks supporting documentation, an explanation should be added to the app that refers to service disruptions due to coronavirus-related travel restrictions. Providing this explanation is important and may result in the promotion and consideration of the application within 90 days. New requests will be processed in the order in which they are received.
New completed permanent residence applications continue to be processed according to normal procedures.
Reference is taken from CIC News
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