Moving to Canada During Covid
Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has continued to process applications for Permanent Residency throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. In recent months, IRCC has also begun admitting some temporary residents and visitors depending on the case.
Applications for PR are taking longer to be reviewed however, IRCC has been issuing approval letters to successful applicants. If you are approved for PR and you plan to move to Canada during COVID, there are a few steps you can take to prepare for moving at such an unprecedented time.
Have you planned for COVID-19 delays, restrictions, and regulations?
Canada currently has travel restrictions in place that have been extended on a monthly basis in accordance with the state of the pandemic. If you are exempt from the travel restrictions, there are some other regulations that you must adhere to prior to entering Canada.
COVID-19 testing is required for people flying into Canada
As of January 7, 2021, air travellers 5 years of age or older will be required to present a negative COVID-19 test result to the airline prior to boarding international flights bound for Canada.
Mandatory 14-day quarantine or isolation
Everyone entering Canada must follow mandatory isolation or quarantine requirements. You must present a quarantine plan at the border to demonstrate how you plan to quarantine for 14 days upon entering the country.
Preparing to Arrive in Canada During COVID
With these COVID regulations in mind, there are three steps you should follow before coming to Canada.
First, you should monitor your health. It’s important to remember that if you have any symptoms of COVID-19, you will not be allowed to enter the country. (If symptoms develop, you should book a COVID test and plan to postpone your move until you have fully recovered, are no longer symptomatic, and test negative.)
Next, you should schedule your COVID test. Every traveller over the age of five must show a negative PCR (polymerase chain reaction) test result taken within 72 hours before your flight departs to Canada.
Finally, you should prepare your quarantine plan. You must show that you have a plan to quarantine safely for 14 days upon arriving at the Canadian border. Keep in mind that you will not be allowed to reside with other people unless they are travelling with you. You also cannot leave the premises of your quarantine residence for 14 days. So, you should plan to have groceries and medications delivered to your place of residence to ensure that you do not come into contact with anyone.
If you do not yet have a permanent address secured, you will need to book accommodations for the self-isolation period and show your quarantine plans upon arrival. You can look for a hotel that has the amenities you need in the room (e.g. kitchen) to ensure you can effectively isolate for 14 days.
After You Arrive in Canada
During your quarantine period, you should review the COVID-19 regulations in place in your province, region, and city. The COVID-19 regulations vary by location in Canada. It’s important that you know what the rules are where you live so that you can stay safe, keep your community safe, and avoid incurring fines for breaking COVID regulations and bylaws.
Calver and Associates is a leading provider of Canadian Immigration services in Durham Region. We serve clients in Oshawa, Whitby, Ajax, and beyond. Our Registered Canadian Immigration Consultant has over 10 years of experience in Canadian Immigration law and over four years of experience serving those in the Oshawa area.
We can provide assistance with applications for both temporary and permanent residency in Canada. We handle applications for study permits, permanent residency, family class sponsorship, visitor visas, work permits, and Canadian citizenship. We also handle criminal inadmissibility cases by developing remedies for refusal.