03 Nov Travel restrictions remain in force until November 30
Travel restrictions remain in force until November 30
On October 30, 2020, the Federal government extended the policy of travel restrictions to reduce the spread of the COVID-19 until November 30, 2020. At the moment, most foreign nationals cannot travel to Canada. Nevertheless, Canada keeps allowing the entrance of several categories of exempt travelers such as family members of Canadians and permanent residents, international students, whose educational institutions have a COVID readiness plan and some foreign workers, authorized to work, and immigrants who received approval to make a landing in Canada. Visitors and tourists are not allowed to come to Canada. Travel restrictions were introduced on March 18 and since then, Canada extends them every month. The border with the United States will also remain closed until at least November 21.
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Canada announced the National Francophone Immigration Week 2020
On November 2, 2020, Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, issued a statement regarding French-speaking immigrants. Mendicino emphasized the role of immigrants in general and francophones in particular in fueling Canada’s economy and enrich Canadian society. National Francophone Immigration Week helps to recognize the contribution of French-speaking newcomers and present the support available for them in Canada. Canada plans to reach 4.4% of French-speaking immigrants outside Quebec by 2023. To achieve this target, Mendicino introduced the bonus points for Francophones and bilingual candidates in Express Entry.
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IRCC clarified the exemptions for family members of people under the Indian Act
On November 2, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) released an update to the program delivery instructions related to the COVID-19 travel restrictions. IRCC clarified the exemptions for family members of people registered under the Indian Act and included them to the list of immediate and extended family members, allowed to travel to Canada. Earlier, the instructions mentioned Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents only. These updates are now aligned with the amended Orders in Council that came into force on November 1, 2020.
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IRCC to conduct an online survey of newcomers
On November 2, 2020, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) announced the online survey of newcomers about their resettlement, settlement and integration experiences. The immigration department collects data to improve settlement and resettlement services to better meet the needs of newcomers. Participation in the survey will be voluntary and confidential. The link for the survey will be sent beginning November 12, 2020, to immigrants who received permanent residence in the years 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019. The survey will be available in English, French, Chinese, Arabic, Spanish, Amharic and Farsi.