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Canada announces new rules for entry

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Canada has announced several processes to support greater family reunification, entry for compassionate reasons, and the safe and gradual entry of some international students to the country.

These processes will provide for the entry of certain extended family members of Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents, including those in an exclusive dating relationship of at least 1 year and their dependent children, as well as adult children, grandchildren, siblings, and grandparents.

Additionally, foreign nationals for compassionate reasons in specific circumstances, such as life-threatening illness, critical injury, or death, with potential limited release from quarantine will be allowed entry.

Besides, international students, starting October 20, 2020, if they will be attending a designated learning institution that has been identified by their provincial or territorial government as having a COVID‑19 readiness plan in place

Updated travel restrictions will take effect on October 20, 2020, to allow the entry of international students to Canada if they will be attending a designated learning institution with a #COVID19 readiness plan approved by their provincial or territorial government.

Recently Canada has announced several measures aimed at bolstering the effectiveness of Canada’s travel restrictions, at the same time allowing the foreign national’s presence in Canada which will be beneficial and can be safely accommodated for which it will be increasingly using the digital forms and processes to allow critical information to be shared more quickly with provinces and territories.

The government continues to enforce and strengthen travel restrictions and border measures that have been in place since March 2020. The mandatory quarantine measures, which require travelers to quarantine or isolate for 14 days immediately upon entry to Canada (unless they are expressly exempt), have been effective.

The Government of Canada is deploying additional public health officers to ports of entry and strengthening quarantine monitoring to aid in the fight against the spread of #COVID19.

Detailed information on who may qualify as an extended family member and the process and requirements to be eligible to travel to and enter Canada will be available on the Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada website from October 8, 2020.

Any foreign national showing signs or symptoms of COVID‑19 will not be allowed to enter Canada. A border services officer will determine if a foreign national can enter the country.

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