The Canadian immigration department is giving considerations to visa applicants from China, Iran and South Korea as the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) causes service disruptions and travel restrictions. Those who have applied for a Canadian visa from these three countries, but who are unable to comply with certain requirements due to circumstances beyond their control, will be given more time to complete the necessary steps like fingerprints and photo. The IRCC webpage says that special measures apply to the following types of applicants:
- Chinese, Iranian, or South Korean Nationals; or
- those who are in China, Iran, or South Korea; and
- those who are affected by service disruptions or travel restrictions related to COVID-19
“Disruptions” may include any of the following:
- visa application centre closures;
- service disruptions;
- limited access to local government offices and businesses; and to a panel physician who can do the immigration medical exam.
In addition, the immigration department will still accept incomplete applications from those who are applying for a visitor visa, work permit, study permit, or permanent residence.
The IRCC web page says that “No application in progress will be closed or refused due to a lack of documentation,” “We’ll automatically give you an extra 90 days to complete these steps. Though the instruction letter says this step must be completed within 30 days, the IRCC is giving applicants an additional 90 days to those who have been affected by service disruptions— no new biometrics instruction letter required.The applicant need to update the status to IRCC through their online web form.
Permanent resident applicants
Those who are applying for Canadian permanent residence through the Express Entry system must submit their application within 60 days of receiving their Invitation to Apply (ITA).However, IRCC will accept incomplete applications provided that applicants were unable to send all the required documents due to disruptions related to COVID-19. Applicants must send a letter explaining the explanations why the documents are missing, and therefore the application is going to be held until further notice. When applicants do obtain the missing documents they’ll send them to IRCC using the web form This same form can also be used for those who wish to withdraw their application. Refunds may be available to those who withdraw within 24 hours of submitting, as long as processing has not yet started.
Those who anticipate that they will miss an important date in their citizenship application process must contact IRCC via their online form, and explain why. You must contact IRCC within 30 days of missing the appointment.
If you need to submit documents use the online form to tell IRCC when you have returned from an affected country. You will be given an additional 30 days for most required documents and an additional 45 days for medical opinion forms.
Those who have been approved for permanent residence, but are unable to travel to Canada before their documents expire must use IRCC’s web form to explain their situation. Once travel becomes possible again, they must tell IRCC via the online form in order to receive instructions regarding restarting the processing of the permanent residence application.
Foreign nationals who are in Canada on a visitor visa can apply online to extend their stay in Canada.
Temporary workers and students also have options depending on their circumstances.
Reference from cic.gc.ca
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