It was recently announced that foreign workers would be allowed to travel to Canada despite the recent travel restrictions implemented in the hopes of helping to contain the spread of COVID-19.
Justin Trudeau, Canada’s Prime Minister, recently announced a travel restriction as of 18 March, which could cause delays in the Canadian visa application process. Despite these limitations, the Canadian government still strongly encourages immigration.
It is, however, compulsory that all those returning to Canada self-isolate for 14 days, except for truck drivers who have to cross the border between the US and Canada on a regular basis.
Canada has also set up new solutions to help the Canadian community who have been affected by the coronavirus, both directly and indirectly. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is now available to all Canadian citizens and permanent residents. This benefit affords $2,000 every month for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be released every month for up to four months. This is a combination of the Emergency Care Benefit and Emergency Support Benefits and is now not only more accessible but available to those who may not necessarily have qualified otherwise such as contract workers and self-employed workers.
Justin Trudeau’s message comes as a huge support to all members of the Canadian community as many were concerned as to how they would be able to manage as the global economy takes a hit due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Despite various measures being implemented, in terms of the health and safety of all Canadians, exceptions have been made regarding the following individuals who wish to travel to Canada.
Who Can Travel to Canada?
As of March 16, 2020, the Canadian Government made the decision to temporarily restrict foreign travel to everyone except permanent Canadian immigrants, Canadian or US citizens as well as diplomats. This was implemented to help which is now being referred to as “plank the curve” or in other words to help prevent the further spread of COVID-19. It has now been confirmed that the following individuals may travel to Canada:
- International students with valid Canadian study permits or have already been accepted at a Designated Educational Institution (DEI) before the travel ban was implemented;
- Temporary workers already in Canada or those who already had travel arrangements in place before travel restrictions were implemented.
- family members including (spouse or common-law partner, dependents, parents or step-parents as well as their spouse or common-law partner and guardian or tutor.
Although there may be some delays in the visa application processing times, the Canadian Visa application process remains the same and is still open to skilled workers who want to start a new life in Canada. Although the government is taking a strict approach to those allowed in or out of the country, the goal to invite 1 million newcomers to Canada by 2022 remains intact. In fact, now may actually be the best time to submit your application, and here’s why.