Immediate Family Members of Citizens and Permanent Residents Given Border Leniency

The Government has crafted its COVID-19 immigration policy around two central goals: maximize the safety of its citizens and minimize the extent to which they have to keep people apart. Operating within this framework, the Canadian Border Security Agency announced recently that qualifying immediate family members of citizens and permanent residents are going to be allowed into Canada.

If you are the immediate family member (see here for the exact legal definition) of a citizen or permanent resident of Canada and you do not have COVID-19, or demonstrate any COVID-19 symptoms, or have any reasonable chance of being an asymptomatic carrier, and you are intending to stay longer than 15 days, then you can enter Canada, so long as you quarantine for 14 days upon entry.

You are allowed to come for visits less than 15 days, but only if the visit is non-discretionary. And, if you are coming from the United States, you must abide by the quarantine rules applicable for short visits based on your purpose of travel and length of stay.

Anyone with COVID-19, or COVID-19 symptoms, will not be allowed to enter Canada, no exceptions.

If you have any questions about how COVID-19 has affected travel, and whether or not you are able to enter Canada, fill out the form to your right or call  +1 514-316-3555 for a free consultation. 

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