COVID-19 measures for temporary & permanent residents and applicants

IRCC is putting special measures in place for temporary and permanent residents and applicants affected by COVID-19 including for the following situations;

  • If you’ve been approved for permanent residence – check how to land if you’re in Canada. The only way to do this now is through appointments at IRCC offices – do not travel to the border.
  • If you’re a Canadian citizenship applicant – to keep everyone safe, IRCC is cancelling all citizenship ceremoniescitizenship tests and retests as of March 14, 2020, until further notice.
  • If you’re about to apply for permanent residence through Express Entry – you must submit your application within 60 calendar days of receiving your invitation to apply. If you’re missing documents necessary for the completeness check because of disruptions related to the novel coronavirus (COVID 19), you can still submit your application if you submit a letter explaining why they are missing.
  • If you’re a temporary resident who is unable to leave Canada – there are a number of options, but you should be able to apply online to extend or change your visa to be able to extend your stay in Canada.
  • If you’re a refugee in Canada – you can still submit a claim but refugee claimant appointments are cancelled until at least April 13.

Click here for more information on these special measures.

Welcome BC has started issuing updates for individuals applying for permanent residence through the BC Provincial Nominee Program with details of how the program will continue.