As of this writing, the travel advisory for Canada has been lifted and travellers are once again able to leave and enter the country. But what does that mean for international travel? Is it safe to travel to Canada? The Canadian immigration authorities are looking over all of the incoming travellers and will be putting in place measures to prevent any potential illegal activity.
Due to the recent affects of the swine flu pandemic, we: have temporarily halted the processing of visas. All visa applications are being reviewed and subject to review. While the remainder of the entry visa application process will resume once the US authorities have lifted their travel restrictions, you may have to wait a little while longer to be able to travel to Canada. Furthermore, even if you do qualify for a visa, there may be further screening requirements. While some of these may be similar to those associated with the American Visa Application, some will be different. For instance, it is possible that you will need to have your current passport before you are permitted to enter the country.
For those of you who are still planning on travelling to Canada, but are afraid of the imminent or impending travel restrictions, the first step should be to ensure you’ve already applied for a visitor visa. If you are an American or a Canadian citizen, you already applied. If you are from one of these countries but are currently on an American visa, it’s important to note that you will have to wait until your status changes while your American visa is in effect before you can travel to Canada under the current rules. For citizens of other countries, it is important to note that once your visa expires, you will no longer be eligible to travel to Canada. Hence, it is important to apply early for your tourist visa.
The next step to take if you are not yet a permanent resident of Canada is to secure a passport from your home country. Once you’ve done this, you’re ready to apply for your Canadian passport. Like the majority of countries around the world, Canada has implemented new measures for arriving and exiting the country. These new measures, or “OCS”, are in contravention of what many foreign nationals believed was already allowed to enter Canada by the former Immigration and refugee Protection Act. Although the OCS did not change the existing laws and cannot be used as evidence of intent to defraud the Canadian immigration system, the new regulations have been labelled as “inhumane” by both the Canadian government and the United States government.
In addition to the newly implemented anti-smuggling measures, the Canadian government has implemented another set of amendments to its Immigration and refugee Protection Act. One amendment concerns land border crossings. It now requires all travelers, including tourists, to apply for a visa prior to embarking on a journey through Canada’s land borders. While many foreigners may view this as an unnecessary hindrance, the Canadian government states that it is necessary to ensure that dangerous people and illegal immigrants are turned away from Canada’s shores. As a result, applicants must now apply for a visa before leaving for Canada’s land border crossings.
Another amendment affects the duration of validity of a stay in a Canadian province. The amendments, which were put into effect in July, 2021, now state that, any time a non-immigrant who wishes to work in a Canadian province cannot do so during the first three months of that stay. This means that, any individual who wishes to work in a Canadian province for at least three months must first apply for an immigrant visa, and then apply for a temporary resident card that grants him or her access to Canada once that visa has been granted. The last requirement, which pertains to provincial employment certificates, was implemented so that workers from non-English speaking provinces are able to receive higher rates of pay than those from other countries.
As an immigrant, you may have already received a notice of refusal regarding your application for citizenship. If this is the case, and you would like to travel to Canada, you should now read on for more information regarding the new rules on arriving into the country. The new regulations require that all travelers, regardless of nationality or immigration status, obtain a visa prior to travelling. This means that once you have applied for a visa, you must stay in Canada up to fourteen days after your visa has been granted. The reason for this requirement is to ensure the safety of Canadian citizens and visitors.
Immigration officials state that they will enforce the provisions of their quarantine plan, in particular the part pertaining to travel. This quarantine period will be strictly enforced, and violators may be penalized with fines or with imprisonment. No one is allowed to enter Canada without having obtained a visa prior to travelling.