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IRCC Policy On COVID's Impact on Residency Obligations

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IRCC Policy On COVID's Impact on Residency Obligations


The global pandemic has put many unexpected demands and burdens on everyone but has put additional roadblocks in front of newcomers to Canada who are trying to meet their immigration requirements.

If a Canada Permanent Resident cannot meet their residency obligation due to Covid 19, they may still be able to retain their status based on humanitarian and compassionate consideration. IRCC (Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada) does not have a formal policy regarding the impact of Covid-19 on the enforcement of the residency obligation. A person is still considered a Permanent Resident until the status is taken away subsequent to enforcement measures.

Many immigrants are not able to meet their immigration obligations during the pandemic for health, safety and travel reasons, or when agencies are closed or backlogged including:

  • biometric requirements
  • study permits
  • application deadlines
  • document submissions
  • residency requirements
  • travel restrictions

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IRCC continues to make temporary updates to immigration policies and guidelines to due to the pandemic and to recognize the closure and limited operation of global Visa Application Centres and reduced IRCC operations.

Immigration Temporary COVID Updates

In 2021, things continue to change rapidly as a result of the Covid-19 global pandemic, especially as it relates to immigration and policies at the border and at the airport. If you have any questions at all, please give us a call. We're here to help you. Constant change is the new norm and that applies to immigration law.

Is your immigration application impacted by the COVID crisis? To discuss your situation contact Ackah Business Immigration Law today at (587) 324-2232 Ext. 100 or 1-800-932-1190 or email us directly.


Evelyn L. Ackah, BA, LL.B.

Founder/Managing Lawyer

Ms. Ackah is passionate about immigration law because it focuses on people and relationships, which are at the core of her personal values. Starting her legal career as a corporate/commercial ...

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