Just today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada will ban entry to ALL non-residents, except US nationals.    Canadians currently abroad, are urged to return to Canada, while they still can.  Permanent Canadian residents, the immediate family members of Canadian citizens, diplomats, air crews, and U.S. citizens are still being allowed into Canada at this time.

Trudeau announced additional flight restrictions effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, that will see some international flights rerouted to Montreal, Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver for dedicated enhanced screening.

IRCC has also closed multiple visa posts abroad, and those still open will work with essential staff only.  Therefore, please expect delays in case processing for your visas and work permit applications.  For those with a pending immigration matter with Canada, IRCC also announced that they will have flexibility measures in place to allow applicants currently impacted by this global crisis, to comply at a later date with their immigration requirements, when appropriate.

FGI recommends to existing Canadian work permit holders  that extensions are applied for, well in advance of a work permit expiration, to account for delays and avoid disruption to work.

Please note that this is general information only and not intended as advice on a specific matter. Please feel free to contact Fakhoury Global Immigration directly with questions exclusive to your situation. This news alert may have been prepared using information from Peregrine Immigration Management, which is licensed to Fakhoury Global Immigration.