Canada has remained consistent in welcoming more immigrants despite the severe impacts of COVID-19. The Immigration, Refugee, and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) recently released a statement allowing exempted workers to enter the country even with the travel restrictions.

The Canadian government has had travel restrictions in place since March 18 to contain the spread of coronavirus. These restrictions are anticipated to end in June 30, though the Canadian-U. S border will remain closed until July 21. The IRCC statement shades more light on essential travels to its staff and work permit holders.

Who Are Exempted to Enter Canada?

Temporary foreign workers (TFW) can enter Canada under two circumstances if their travel is non-optional;

  • They have a valid Canadian work permit
  • They have an IRCC introduction letter on a work permit application but are yet to be issued with licenses. Before boarding flights to Canada, they must provide a copy of the letter to their air carrier.

Focus on Critical Professions

According to the statement, IRCC will continue to prioritize work permits of foreign nationals seeking to work in Canada’s critical sectors, such as health, food security, and safety. Unlike other immigrants, these individuals are free from travel restrictions and may not undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine. Some of the occupations prioritized include;

  • Emergency services providers especially those who protect properties and save lives such as firefighters and medical personnel
  • International students with written letters from relevant authorities and entering the country to train in the health sector
  • Marine transportation personnel
  • Workers to deliver, maintain and restore medical equipment
  • Personnel to conduct medical deliveries of cells, blood and blood products, organs, and tissues needed for different patients in the country.

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