Canada | Immigration | Latest travel exemptions to Families, International Students and Compassionate travel.

Expanded travel restriction exemptions revealed on October 2, with exemptions going into effect during October. The following categories of people will be able to enter Canada.

Couples and extended family members:

Couples and some extended family members will be able to enter Canada with effect from October 8, 2020. However, they will require written permission before travelling to do so. This exception covers people in an exclusive long-term relationship with a Canadian Citizen or Permanent resident for at least one year, their dependent and non-dependent children, grandchildren, siblings, and grandparents.

These individuals may not need an essential reason to come to Canada as long as they remain for more than 15 days. They must comply with current conditions for eligibility and admissibility. In addition to this, they have to fulfil the following requirements.

  • A visitor’s visa or an electronic travel permit and valid passport in order to travel;
  • Provide the necessary documentation to the IRCC, including a completed and signed statutory declaration, to demonstrate that they meet the meaning of “extended family member” of a Canadian;
  • Have written approval from the IRCC to fly as an extended family member to Canada.

However, like all travellers, extended family members will be subject to all public health Measures. It includes the mandatory 14-day quarantine period upon arrival in Canada. A final decision on who can reach Canada is taken at the port of entry by a border services officer.

International students:

Foreign students attending a Designated Learning Institution (DLI) that has been expressly accredited by their provincial or territorial government as having a preparation plan for COVID-19 will also be eligible to join Canada effective October 20, 2020.

Compassionate reasons:

Under exceptional cases, such as life-threatening disease, critical injury or death, with probably limited release from quarantine, foreign nationals may be able to enter Canada for compassionate reasons.

The Health Minister of Canada indicated that this exception can extend in some circumstances. This can be someone’s presence during the final moments of life for a loved one or attend a funeral. Details of this exemption are expected to be released on October 8. Further, Provinces and Territories may have additional requirements

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