The Immigration Refugee and Citizenship Canada have taken new precautionary measures to return home all Canadian citizens abroad, as well as their families by refinding new measures for citizenship, permanent residence and temporary residence amid coronavirus.

While the main number of countries closed their borders as a response to coronavirus crisis, Canada is looking forward to bring their citizens back home, VisaGuide.World reports.

The IRCC is working with essential staff only and for Immigration and citizenship applications and will not be expedited processing, except for emergency cases that will be decided by the Migration Program Manager of the IRCC office.

“IRCC may also continue to request additional documents necessary for all citizenship and immigration applications. These may include police certificates, biometrics, passports, medical examinations, and any documents that must be issued by Chinese, Iranian, or South Korean authorities,”  the statement reads.

Applicants within 90 days will be able to respond to the request letter for the additional documentation and will be eligible to give their biometrics within 90 days, even though the biometrics instruction reads that they have 30 days to finish this process.

As the main number of countries, Canada as well is restricting international travel, only for emergency cases.

Permanent residents and protected persons will be eligible to boars an aircraft to Canada when finishing all health screening process.

Accredited officials, persons with national interest and immediate family members of Canadian citizens as well as the permanent residents will be exempted from the entry ban.

Foreigners will continue to have prohibited entry, except the US.

The definition of immediate family has been expanded by Canada, including parents, step-parents, the parents and step-parents of the spouse or common-law partner, as well as their guardian or tutor.

IRCC recommends immediate family members or permanent Canadian residents status documentation such as passport, permanent resident travel document, permanent resident card, and other documentation.

Temporary residence applicants in China, who have emergency travel needs to submit an online application to IRCC Beijing for urgent processing. Temporary residence applicants in Iran and South Korea should submit the online application through the web for urgent processing.

Temporary residents who are ineligible to leave the country can find several options

  • Foreign nationals may apply online for the extension of their temporary resident status in Canada.
  • Foreign nationals who have an extension application currently in progress may remain in Canada under what’s called implied status until a decision is rendered on their application.
  • Foreign nationals whose temporary resident status has expired may apply for restoration.

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