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COVID-19: Travel, testing, quarantine and borders

Date modified: 2021-08-18

August 9, 2021: Border changes

Fully vaccinated foreign nationals will be allowed to enter Canada for discretionary travel on the following dates if they meet specific criteria:

August 9: American citizens and permanent residents of the United States, currently residing in and arriving from the United States, and who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveler exemption

September 7 (intended start date): All other foreign nationals who qualify for the fully vaccinated traveler exemption

Travelers are no longer required to book a 3-night hotel stopover when entering Canada.

Check if you qualify for the fully vaccinated traveler exemption

Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP): COVID-19 program delivery

Date modified: 2021-07-28

Temporary policy changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP)

Given the unprecedented impact of COVID-19 on international students and the post-secondary sector, temporary policy changes have been made to post-graduation work permit (PGWP) eligibility requirements for the following groups of students:

students enrolled in PGWPP-eligible programs in progress in March 2020

students who began or will begin PGWP-eligible programs between spring 2020 and fall 2021

To be eligible for the temporary policy changes to the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program (PGWPP), these students must either

have a study permit

have been approved for a study permit

submit a study permit application prior to beginning their program and eventually be approved

Important: Time spent studying outside of Canada only begins to count towards PGWP length after the department receives the study permit application. As such, studies undertaken before the department received the study permit application can be deducted from the PGWP length. Note that the minimum length a PGWP can be issued for is 8 months. Therefore, if a student only completes 7 months of studies after their study permit application is received, they are not eligible for a PGWP. Students are encouraged to apply for their study permits prior to starting their studies.

International students studying online abroad may be authorized to enter Canada to attend in-person classes if the school is included on the list of designated learning institutions (DLIs) with an approved COVID-19 readiness plan in place on the IRCC website and they are travelling for a non-discretionary purpose.

Program delivery update: Public policy: Open work permits for applicants under the temporary resident to permanent resident pathway

Date modified: 2021-07-26

Temporary public policies were announced on April 14, 2021 and launched on May 6, 2021 that aim to transition foreign nationals already living and working in Canada to permanent residence.

A new temporary public policy was signed on July 4, 2021 to provide exemptions from certain requirements of the Immigration and Refugee Protection Regulations (IRPR) to facilitate the issuance of open work permits to eligible individuals in Canada. Eligible family members in Canada may also apply for an open work permit.

New instructions

Public policy: Open work permits for applicants under the temporary resident to permanent resident pathway 

Updated instructions

Temporary workers 

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