Sure Canada Visa Utility Centres have began providing restricted companies after closing as a result of COVID-19 pandemic.

The gathering of biometrics is among the many companies being provided, although Canada journey restrictions are nonetheless in place.

“Presently, you possibly can journey to Canada solely if you’re exempted from the journey restrictions or are coming to render important companies. All travellers arriving into Canada should quarantine for fourteen (14) days instantly upon arrival,” mentioned a discover from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC).

Strict security measures to include the unfold of coronavirus are in place on the 9 visa software centres (VACs), which reopened on June 11.

The 9 VACs to open are:

  • Tel Aviv, Israel
  • Erbil, Iraq
  • Tokyo, Japan
  • Osaka, Japan
  • Vienna, Austria
  • Düsseldorf, Germany
  • Abu Dhabi, UAE
  • The Hague, Netherlands
  • Rome, Italy

IRCC hopes that by reopening VACs and shifting functions alongside, they may be capable to pace up processing as soon as journey restrictions are lifted.

“The well being and security of the centres and IRCC staffs, in addition to that of our shoppers, is our topmost precedence,” the discover mentioned.

“IRCC, together with all its authorities companions, continues to intently monitor the conditions and any impression on shopper and our operations.”

IRCC says that no immigration software will probably be turned down due to an lack of ability to accumulate or submit related paperwork due to the COVID-19, significantly within the case of biometrics assortment.

Candidates won’t have to present their biometrics till the gathering websites reopens, IRCC says. The extension applies even when a candidate’s biometrics instruction letter provides a thirty (30) or Ninety (90) day deadline.

“No software in progress will probably be cancelled or refused due to paperwork which might be lacking as a result of pandemic,” IRCC has mentioned.

Sure short-term international employees on the entrance strains or essential to the battle in opposition to the pandemic are exempt from having to present biometrics earlier than arrival.

The exemptions apply to occupations within the following sectors:

  • Agricultural and agri-food
  • Well being-care
  • Truck drivers

IRCC launched a Short-term Public Coverage to implement the change on June 5, 2020.

The variety of candidates affected by the change is proscribed, as nearly all of international employees in important occupations have already given their biometrics as a result of they’ve beforehand labored in Canada.

Travellers or short-term international employees could also be requested to supply biometrics after they arrive at their Port of Entry, IRCC says.

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