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Program delivery update: COVID-19 – Extended family members and compassionate grounds for travel

Date modified: 2020-10-09

October 9, 2020

Updates have been made to the COVID-19 travel restrictions and non-optional and non-discretionary travel pages to align with the new orders in council that came into force on October 8, 2020. These updates provide new instructions on

the extended family member exemption

the compassionate grounds exemption

Updated instructions

Travel restriction measures: COVID-19 program delivery

Non-optional and non-discretionary travel: COVID-19 program delivery

COVID-19 – International Student Program and travel to Canada

Date modified: 2020-10-21

October 21, 2020

The following instructions have been updated to provide guidance on the travel exemptions for international students and the additional temporary policy changes made to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP).

Information has been added to clarify the authorization for international students to travel to Canada on or after October 20, 2020 based on the Order in Council (OIC). To be granted entry, students must be travelling for a non-discretionary purpose and must be attending a designated learning institution (DLI) with a COVID-19 readiness plan approved by their province or territory as listed on IRCC’s website. International students who enter Canada will undergo the necessary health checks and must quarantine for 14 days upon arrival in Canada.

The department has extended the PGWPP facilitation measures to April 30, 2021. In addition, temporary changes have been made for short programs (8 to 12 months in length) and for program stacking (when 2 eligible programs of study are completed and combined for post-graduation work permit length).

Updated instructions

Study permit: COVID-19 program delivery

International Mobility Program (IMP): Public policy, competitiveness and economy

Date modified: 2020-10-19

How Express Entry works

Date modified: 2020-08-31

Express Entry is an online system that we use to manage applications for permanent residence from skilled workers.

Step 1: Find out if you’re eligible

There are two ways to find out if you’re eligible for a program that is part of Express Entry:

answer a few questions to see if you meet the minimum requirements

read the detailed requirements for each program

Step 2: Get your documents ready

You need documents, such as language test results, to show that you’re eligible for Express Entry. Some documents take a long time to get, so you should get them ready now.

Get the documents you need

Step 3: Submit your profile

Your Express Entry profile is where you give us information about yourself.

If you’re eligible, we’ll accept you into our pool of candidates.

You’ll be ranked in the Express Entry pool using a points-based system. Your score is based on the information in your profile.

Check your score

Submit your profile

Step 4: Receive an invitation and apply for permanent residence

We send invitations to apply to the candidates with the highest scores in the pool. If we invite you to apply, you’ll have 90 days to submit your application for permanent residence.

We’ll process most complete applications that have all the supporting documents in 6 months or less.

Apply for permanent residence