In an interesting development, Canada has started offering a 14-day processing standard for foreign film and television workers to be eligible for TRV. TRV is necessary for anyone who doesn’t have citizenship from a visa-exempt nation to come and work in Canada.
With the new rule, IRCC will now work on a processing work permit for foreign film and TV workers needing a TRV on a priority basis. Those who need TRV also include foreign nationals in the USA who are citizens of countries that are not visa-exempt in Canada.
The new policy under Canada immigration was announced on September 28, 2020, by IRCC. So, now film and TV workers who need TRVs can get their Canada work permit visa processed in 2 weeks. Nevertheless, they will have to quarantine themselves on arrival for 14 days.
Foreign nationals flying to Canada from any country other than the US will need a Canadian work permit to board the plane. For US travelers, it will suffice to apply for a work permit at a Port of Entry. But they mustn’t be sick and must have an essential reason to come to Canada. They must also prove that they can quarantine themselves for 14 days.
It will be necessary for the work permit applicants to check whether the respective provinces or territories in Canada that they are arriving at have any additional travel restrictions. IRCC urges them to also check the territorial or provincial regulations with the regional authority or their employer before coming to Canada.
Foreign nationals arriving in Canada to do film and TV work must meet the following eligibility criteria for getting their work permit applications processed on priority:
- They must submit an initial online application for a work permit to work within the TV and film industry.
- They must apply from outside Canada and the US. They may otherwise be present in the US but require a TRV.
- They must identify themselves as a worker in the TV and film industry after submitting the application for a work permit. This should be done by sending a request through the IRCC web form.
IRCC has specifically instructed them to fill in the following in the “Your Enquiry” section in the web form:
“COVID-19 FILM & TV INDUSTRY – Requesting priority processing for Film & TV Industry workers due to COVID-19”
IRCC says that with this, the Client Experience Branch will be able to identify these specific requests and distribute them to the appropriate office for priority processing.
The 5 days that IRCC will need to identify requests and establish the eligibility of the request for priority processing isn’t part of the 2-week standard for processing the request.
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