• January 18, 2021

What to do When Moving to Canada During COVID-19

 What to do When Moving to Canada During COVID-19

In order to finish your application process for Canadian permanent residency, you need to land in Canada. However, with the border currently closed to non essential travel, many foreign nationals are wondering how they can finalize their application for Canadian immigration while respecting COVID-related travel restrictions. Your ability to travel to Canada will depend in large part on your current immigration status. You should know that the Canadian government is still processing applications for Canadian permanent residency, however processing times may be longer than normal. 

At this time, the Canadian government is asking that foreign nationals wait until they are able to obtain all supporting documents before submitting an application. You may experience delays in obtaining certain documents due to COVID-19. If you are in the process of obtaining documents, you may submit proof such as a receipt and an accompanying letter explaining why you have been unable to acquire the necessary documents.  The Canadian government will currently accept language test results or educational credential assessments that are submitted electronically. 

Compulsory quarantine period

When coming to Canada, it is important to consider your own health as well as that of others. For this reason, the Canadian government requires all foreign nationals entering Canada to complete a 14-day quarantine period upon arrival.  You will need to demonstrate to Canadian border officials that you have a plan in place to complete this quarantine. If you do not, you will not be allowed to enter Canada.

Working in Canada during COVID-19 

While the Canadian economy is in the process of recovering, many are still struggling to regain employment. While Canada offers a host of newcomer services, some specifically tailored to finding work in Canada, it may still be difficult to find employment at this time. 

Healthcare

Now more than ever, it is important to ensure that you have healthcare coverage. All Canadian citizens and permanent residents have access to their home province’s health insurance program. You must meet the residency requirements of your province. These requirements are different in each province, but in most cases you have to be physically present in the province for at least half of the year. 

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