Non-Optional but Exempted Travel Examples
The IRCC release highlights three case scenarios that exempt non-optional foreign workers from travel restrictions.
Example 1: Foreign nationals with valid work permits whose primary residence is Canada, even though they may not be currently working.
Example 2: Immigrants with letters of introduction for open work permits, valid job offers, and who will pursue their jobs upon arrival.
Example 3: Those with employer-specific work permit introduction letters for valid job offers and entering Canada to start working
Optional Travel Examples
IRCC fails to recognize foreigners with optional travel reasons to enter Canada during the travel restriction period. Scenarios for such individuals include;
Example 1: Those who have letters of introduction but coming to Canada to look for a job
Example 2: Foreigners with valid introduction letters for employer-specific work permits, but whose employers are inoperative due to the imposed measures.
The Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) will make some decisions based on an immigrant’s specific situation. Under such circumstances, the CBSA officials will consider factors such as occupation, the relationship between the foreigner and Canada, and their motives to travel to Canada.
International Experience Canada (IEC) candidates with letters of introduction, valid job offers, and operating employers may enter Canada (this exemption has been in place since May 8). The IEC permit holders are Young Professional, Working Holiday, and International Co-op.
Continuous Processing of More Work Permits
IRCC is still allowing foreign workers and employers to apply for work permits. It, however, urges candidates to ensure their prospective employers are operational before making applications. All applicants should adhere to the relevant travel guidelines on its website.