EXTENSION OF ONLINE VISA PROCESSING ANNOUNCED
In this video we will be discussing about the new update in which Canada Extends Online Visa Processing until Jan 31, 2021
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has extended the online visa processing until January 31, 2021. As per the new Ministerial Instructions that came into effect from 1 October 2020, all Canadian Visa applications for a temporary resident visa (TRV), as well as transit visa, a study permit or a work permit applied by foreign nationals who are not in Canada at the time of the visa application should be submitted online.
Exemptions in Online Visa Application
Foreign National Applicants who are disabled and are not able to submit a visa application over the internet will carry on to be excused from the newly announced requirement. The categories of applicants who are now exempted from the obligation to submit an application online:
Non Canadian nationals having an travel document or identity of the type released by a country to non-national residents, stateless person or refugees who are not able to get a passport or other travel credentials from their country of nationality.
Applicants under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program: Many countries do not have the facility to accept visa applications online and must carry on to apply by paper.
TRV Visa Application Priority Processing
Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) carry on to process visa applications as well as Temporary Resident Visa during the Coronavirus pandemic; priority is provided to visa applications from individuals who fulfil the travel limitation exemptions and those who travel on a non-discretionary grounds, “non-priority TRV applications may carry on to be administered, and accepted or rejected, in line with the usual TRV processing.”
Update on travel restriction exemptions
Canada has shut the border to non-essential passengers until October 31, 2020.
Travellers who are excused from Canada’s travel restrictions includes:
- Canadian nationals or permanent residents
- Dual citizens with a valid Canadian passport or exclusive approval
- Individuals who have been permitted for Canadian permanent residence
- Important temporary foreign workers
- Certain international students
- Protected Individuals
- A close family member of a Canadian national or permanent resident
- Any other individual who comes under the exemptions listed on the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada’s (IRCC) website.
Please remember that you should not attempt to cross the Canada border without ensuring your documents are in order. Coronavirus’s influence on Canadian immigration has disturbed everyone, and there can be misperception at the Canadian border or when trying to get on a flight to Canada. So we highly recommend you to seek an experienced immigration professional’s help to cross the border into Canada, and assist prepare your Canadian immigration application.