Yes, the coronavirus has disrupted everything around the globe. But you need not stop applying for Canadian visa applications if you wish to immigrate to Canada, as the country is still accepting the permanent residence as well as temporary residence applications in order to meet its Immigration Level Plan target.
As per the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), foreign nationals can still submit their express entry profiles in the pool and can apply for Canadian permanent residence. The IRCC is accepting applications for temporary residence as well.
Also, the Immigration Ministry is giving an ample amount of time to candidates who are not able to submit their necessary documents due to lockdowns at their places. The Ministry has also stated that no application will be refused for non-compliance. In addition to this, instead of 30 days applicants will get 90 days to submit their biometrics.
Over 80 economic class immigration programs are being run by the federal and provincial governments of Canada to welcome new immigrants. There are many other programs as well that offer a route to Canadian immigration, such as family programs, parents and grandparents program, refugee classes, immigration programs for international students, and visitor visas.
If a candidate invited to apply for permanent residence through express entry is unable to submit a complete application within 60 days, he/she can write to IRCC providing an explanation for non-submission of documents. The IRCC will extend the period for submission of documents by 90 days.
Candidates who have already received their Canada PR can also write to IRCC to extend their deadline date of coming to Canada.
People who are living in Canada on a temporary basis can also get an extension regarding their stay permit. All they need to do is submit their application on IRCC’s website.
All individuals who wish to remain in Canada because of a coronavirus outbreak can extend their stay on the basis of work, study, or visitor permits.
To sum up, the Canadian government is doing its part to help the immigrants by making all the necessary changes. Therefore, candidates can submit their profiles to the express entry pool without any confusion. And, candidates who have received ITAs for permanent residence will get enough time to submit their completed applications. Additionally, temporary residents can also extend their stay by filling an online form on the IRCC’s website.