Canada Proffers Means to Accept Visa Applicants Affected by Coronavirus Outbreak in Iran and South Korea


Recently, the Canadian immigration division is making efforts to include visa candidates from China, Iran and South Korea because the unfold of coronavirus (COVID-19) causes service and trip restrictions.

Residents of these three nations who’ve opted for a Canadian visa, but were unable to adjust to sure necessities because of circumstances past their powers, will probably be given extra time to finish the mandatory steps, such as providing their fingerprints and photograph.

Immigration Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) expanded the particular measures carried out for China, on February 7, to involve residents of Iran and South Korea on February 29.

The IRCC website reports that certain precautions apply to the following kinds of individuals:

  • Chinese, Iranian, or South Korean Nationals; or
  • those that are in China, Iran, or South Korea; and
  • those that are affected by service disruptions or journey restrictions associated with COVID-19

“Disruptions” might embody any of the next:

  • visa application centre closures;
  • service disruptions;
  • restricted entry to local authorities workplaces and companies; and
  • restricted entry to a panel doctor who can do the immigration medical examination.

IRCC will even be capable of assisting those that want a permanent resident travel doc to return to Canada.

Also, the immigration division will nonetheless accept incomplete applications from those that are applying for a visitor visawork permitstudy permit, or permanent residence.

“No application in progress shall be closed or refused as a result of an absence of documentation,” the IRCC webpage says. “We’ll automatically give you an additional 90 days to finish these steps. When you’re able to, complete the steps as quickly as attainable to prevent delays.”

The extra 90 days additionally applies to the biometrics deadline. Although the instruction letter says this step should be accomplished inside 30 days, the IRCC is giving candidates an extra 90 days to those that have been affected by service disruptions— no new biometrics instruction letter required.

Special directions are under for relevant permanent residents, permanent resident candidates, work or study permit candidates, and citizenship candidates.

IRCC has laid out particular directions for affected permanent resident candidates, work or study permit applicants, and citizenship candidates. Usually, it’s crucial to speak with IRCC via their on-line net form.

Permanent resident candidates

Those that are applying for Canadian permanent residence via the Express Entry system should submit their application within 60 days of receiving their Invitation to Apply (ITA).

Nonetheless, IRCC will accept incomplete applications offered that candidates had been unable to ship all of the required documents because of disruptions associated with COVID-19. Candidates should ship a letter explaining the reasons why the documents are missing, and the application will probably be held until additional notice.

When candidates do receive the missing documents they might ship them to IRCC using the on-line net form. This similar form may also be used for individuals who want to withdraw their application. Refunds could also be obtainable to those that withdraw between 24 hours of submitting, so long as processing has not yet begun.

Canadian citizenship candidates

Those that anticipate that they’ll miss an essential date in their citizenship application process should contact IRCC through their on-line form, and clarify why. Citizenship occasions or appointments might embrace one of the following:

  • the information check;
  • a retest;
  • the interview;
  • a hearing; or
  • taking the Oath of Citizenship.

You need to contact IRCC within 30 days of missing the appointment.

If you want to submit documents use the on-line form to inform IRCC when you’ve returned from an affected nation. You may be given an extra 30 days for any required paperwork and an extra 45 days for medical opinion forms.

Citizenship candidates will nonetheless need to satisfy the physical presence requirement. Canada requires that candidates be present in the nation for a minimum of three years out of the 5 years immediately preceding the date of their citizenship application. Additional days spent in affected nations because of the virus is not going to count as days in Canada.

Restricted from travelling to Canada after permanent residence authorized

Those that have been authorized for permanent residence, but are unable to move to Canada earlier than their documents expire should use IRCC’s web form to clarify their situation. As soon as movement is possible again, they need to inform IRCC through the webform so as to obtain directions relating to restarting the processing of the permanent residence application.

Short-term employees, college students, and visitors unable to depart from Canada

Foreign nationals who’re in Canada on a visitor visa can apply on-line to lengthen their stay in Canada.

Short-term employees and college students have a few choices depending on their circumstances.

Those that are not working or learning can apply to change their standing to a “visitor,” so long as the study or work permit has not expired.

Some could possibly lengthen their work permit or study permit if they’re eligible. IRCC says you will need to include a notice in the application explaining the rationale for extending a stay in Canada.

If the visitor document, work or study permit has expired within 90 days it might be possible to restore status.

If the 90-day mark has passed, it might be possible to apply for a short-term resident permit.

Special instructions by country

In case you are a permanent resident, a visitor visa applicant, study permit applicant, or work permit applicant who wants to move to Canada urgently, IRCC recommends following the directions below:

China

Those that want a permanent resident travel doc to come back to Canada from China urgently because of exceptional circumstances can e-mail the visa office in Beijing, China, (beijing-immigration@international.gc.ca) to request urgent processing. The application has to be submitted to the visa office by courier.

In case you want a visitor visa, study permit, or work permit to move to Canada urgently:

  • Apply on-line on the government’s webpage
  • After applying, or if in case you have already applied, request the urgent processing of your application to the visa office in Beijing, China through e-mail: beijing-immigration@international.gc.ca. Applications will likely be processed on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Permanent residents coming from Iran who want their permanent resident travel document can submit an online form to IRCC.

The form will ask “Is your application being processed by an office outside Canada?” It’s essential to reply “Yes.”

It would then prompt you to “Select the visa office processing your application” where you should choose “Turkey — Ankara.”

In exceptional circumstances where you want to move to Canada urgently, e-mail the Ankara, Turkey, visa office at ANKRA@international.gc.ca. The application will have to be submitted to the visa office by courier.

In case you want a visitor visa, study permit, or work permit to move to Canada urgently you have to apply on-line on the government’s website.

After you apply, fill out an online form and clarify the situation and request urgent processing of your visa or permit application. So as to ensure it goes to the correct office, IRCC recommends the following:

  • When requested “Is your application being processed by an office outside Canada” reply “No.”
  • Fill the rest of the form.

South Korea

Canadian permanent residents in South Korea who need a permanent resident document to move to Canada should submit an online form.

The form will ask “Is your application being processed by an office exterior Canada?” It’s essential to reply “Yes.”

It would then prompt you to “Select the visa office processing your application” where you should choose “The Philippines — Manila.”

In instances where you’ll want to move to Canada urgently because of exceptional circumstances, e-mail the visa office in Manila, Philippines, at MANILIMMIGRATION@international.gc.ca. The application will have to be submitted to the visa office by courier.

In case you want a visitor visa, study permit, or work permit to move to Canada urgently you should apply online on the government’s website.

After you apply, fill out an online form and clarify the situation and request urgent processing of your visa or permit application. So as to ensure it goes to the proper office, IRCC recommends the next:

  • When requested “Is your application being processed by an office outside Canada” reply “No.”
  • Fill the rest of the form.

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