Just today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that Canada
will ban entry to ALL non-residents, except US nationals.
Canadians currently abroad, are urged to return to
Canada, while they still can. Permanent Canadian residents,
the immediate family members of Canadian citizens, diplomats, air
crews, and U.S. citizens are still being allowed into Canada at
Trudeau announced additional flight restrictions effective
Wednesday, March 18, 2020, that will see some international flights
rerouted to Montreal, Toronto, Calgary or Vancouver for dedicated
IRCC has also closed multiple visa posts abroad, and those still
open will work with essential staff only. Therefore, please
expect delays in case processing for your visas and work permit
applications. For those with a pending immigration matter
with Canada, IRCC also announced that they will have flexibility
measures in place to allow applicants currently impacted by this
global crisis, to comply at a later date with their immigration
requirements, when appropriate.
FGI recommends to existing Canadian work permit holders
that extensions are applied for, well in advance of a work
permit expiration, to account for delays and avoid disruption to
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