Valid study permits and work permits accepted at the border for coming
to Canada now.
After a dismal week shutting down hopes of international students and workers alike as a result of talks
surrounding the international border restrictions, there is a silver lining to be seen today as the Deputy
Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland made it clear that “ valid study and work permits to come to Canada
will be respected at the border, and this includes temporary workers too”. The same shall also be
respected at the US-Canada border as well as other international borders. The only caveat is that those
individuals must self-isolate for a minimum of two weeks in line with national preventive measures,
which sounds more than reasonable. The following is a list of situations deemed as “essential travel”
that shall be permitted through the borders. Travel for the purposes of tourism and recreation is
deemed as “non-essential” travel and is prohibited at the moment.
Citizens of the USA and legal Permanent Residents returning back to the States.
Travel for medical purposes ( for instance, to obtain treatment in the United States)
To attend educational institutions( aka international students with valid study visas)
For work in the United States (individuals working in farming or agricultural sectors who need
to travel between US and Canada to further their work)
Travel as part of emergency response or public health response( government
officials/emergency responders who need to go to US to support efforts regarding COVID-19)
Truck drivers for the movement of cargo across the border for lawful cross-border trade.
Travel for diplomatic
Active personnel and family members of U.S Armed Forces, military-related travel/operations
As the Deputy Minister stated, work that requires 2 to 6 months is being done in just 2-3 days, and so a
lot of information is yet to come out. At the moment, there is uncertainty regarding the case of those
LATEST EXPRESS ENTRY DRAW
In other news, the latest Express Entry draw has been announced which is inviting 668 candidates to
apply for Permanent Residence. The minimum CRS points required was 720. This draw only includes
candidates that had provincial nominations aligned with Express Entry.
Despite the coronavirus measures dragging down IRCC services, Canada is still in the process of
striving to meet its immigration targets set for 2020. Those express Entry candidates with a provincial
nomination would receive an additional 600 CRS points, thereby effectively guaranteeing ITAs.
In the last few weeks, PNP in Saskatchewan, Alberta, Manitoba, Ontario, and the Prince Edward Islands
issued more than 5000 ITAs to express entry candidates. To effectively find out how to increase your
CRS points, there are plenty of options available including improving your language assessment bands
(write IELTS) or consult with an immigration agent to find out more.
The IRCC shall continue to process applications related to draws in the coming weeks too.