Canada gives new clarity on eTA, TRV processing and exemptions

IRCC temporary visa

Canada is keeping the processing of electronic travel authorizations (eTAs) and temporary resident visas (TRVs) suspended except for specified exempted persons. The exempted persons are:

  • Individuals traveling to Canada for essential purposes as on a Canada visitor visa
  • Immediate family members who are eligible and willing to stay in Canada for a minimum period of 15 days

These ministerial instructions were issued by Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

IRCC has specified the exempt travelers as including:

  • Citizens and permanent residents of Canada
  • Those holding a study permit and confirmation of permanent residence (COPR) (issued before March 16 for a study permit and March 18 for COPR)
  • Temporary foreign workers with a Canada work permit visa

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) will determine whether the purpose of travel is essential or not. The foreign family members of Canadian citizens or permanent residents could arrive in Canada if their trip is confirmed to fall under the ‘essential’ category.

The definition of immediate family members includes:

  • Spouses or common-law partners
  • Grandchildren
  • Dependent children
  • Guardians or tutors
  • Parents or stepparents

The immediate family members can enter Canada from any nation in the world provided they:

  • Visit Canada for at least 15 days
  • Self-quarantine for 14 days upon entering Canada
  • Neither have COVID-19 nor any COVID-19 symptoms

The Ministerial Instructions have confirmed that eTAs and TRVs will be processed only for those currently exempt from COVID-19 travel restrictions.

The latest Ministerial Instructions are valid only till June 30, 2020. On this day Canada’s COVID-19 restrictions are going to expire. Any further updates will be available before June 30.

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