October 6, 2020

Canada Extends Online Processing Of Temporary Visas, eTAs, Adds Exemptions

IRCC will continue to process applications for provisional resident visas  and eTAs as well as other documents presented online until January 31, 2021.

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) has declared that the processing of online provisional resident visa (TRV) applications and electronic travel approvals (eTAs) will continue into the new year. 

New classes of candidates have also been included to the list of the individuals who are absolved from presenting TRV applications electronically.

Under the present regulations, all applications for provisional resident visas, work permits or study permits  from foreign nationals who are outside Canada at the time of application will have to be presented electronically. 

The individuals who can’t present their application online, because of an inability, were already excluded from this necessity and will keep on being absolved. Beginning October 1, 2020, two new teams of candidates for temporary residence from outside Canada will be excluded from the online presentation necessity: 

  • foreign nationals holding an name or travel documents of the sort provided by a country to non-national residents, immigrant or stateless people who can’t acquire a passport  or other travel documents from their country of citizenship; and 
  • candidates under the Seasonal Agricultural Workers Program. 

TRV applications processing

The government of Canada said that preference will keep on being given to the individuals who can travel under present travel limitations and that both new and existing applications will be thought of.

In order to be acceptance, regardless of whether they fulfill travel limitations or exception standards, all candidates should continue to fulfill the qualification necessities under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). 

Individuals who applied before to the travel limitations and want to be thought of on a preference basis are said to contact Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) at IRCC.COVID-TravelExemptions-Exemptionsdevoyage-COVID.IRCC@cic.gc.ca and demonstrate how they meet the standards for exception, describe the cause for their non-discretionary/non-optional travel travel and present admissible evidence. 

IRCC also expressed that, although the preference is to continue process applications from the individuals who fulfill travel limitation exceptions and the individuals who travel on a non-discretionary basis, “non-preference TRV applications may keep on being processed, and accepted or refused, as per with normal TRV processing.”

IRCC will send notifications to verified TRV candidates informing them that notwithstanding their confirmation, travel limitations remain in process and that travel to Canada isn’t suggested.

Accelerated processing of eTAs

Under the present rules, candidates will keep on presenting Electronic Travel Authorization (eTA) applications online, and the processing of eTA applications that need representative review will continue, to the extent possible.

IRCC will however quick up the processing of eTA applications needing officer evaluation for candidates who fulfill the standards for exclusion from the present travel limitations.Qualified people are invited to self-identify and present documentation to show how they fulfill the exclusion standards by an IRCC web form.

Canada restarted the processing of online applications for TRV and eTAs on July 1. 

Fourteen days prior, Canada declared it was expanding its travel limitations until at minimum October 31.

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