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wensyb

We were meant to leave on friday 😕

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Slippers

:( That really sucks! What is the new plan? Or are you just waiting and seeing? 

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Jules

Unless you have job lined up and waiting for you, I would not recommend landing in Canada and looking for work. You should wait until things clear up. Not saying that it’s impossible to find work in this situation but it will be much harder than usual and you won’t be experiencing normal Canada. Emigration is hard at the best of times and right now would be significantly harder. You are likely to sit around unemployed, burning through your funds and nowhere to go as everything is locked down and people not as friendly as they normally are. 

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Slippers

Yup for sure, I’m lucky that my current employer have agreed to let me work remotely from Canada for awhile. Economies are going to be rough in whatever direction you turn. 

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wensyb

We are waiting for lock down to end then we will be booking flights out asap. We will be staying with my brother so atleast have support when we arrive 

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Seth

Yep. We were planning on leaving mid-April. So, we are jobless and homeless currently (Well technically speaking :) ). We were lucky enough to have parents with a big house, so we've moved in with them for the time being (awesome for a young married couple as you can imagine 😑). They're taking care of us rent free at the moment, so at least we have a safe haven. We are quite eager to leave though. Since we already have our immigrant passports and approved PR, the IRCC has informed me that we are allowed entry into Canada. Plane tickets are staggeringly expensive though, we have to quarantine for 2 weeks, and it will be exceedingly difficult to find a job and explore since they're on lock-down as well.

 

Our Passports expire at the end of July though, and we don't want to be too much of a burden on our parents, so we're in conversation with them as to what the best POA will be. Hopefully Canada will extend our passport validity to compensate for "coco-19". But I'm very lucky in that I can now take an extended holiday, (Relatively) stress free.

 

Hope everyone else is doing OK. If you've got any questions regarding the exemptions for travel to Canada let me know, and I can Tweet-annoy the IRCC again :P

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DC85

Hi @Seth

Sorry if you've mentioned previously but have you been in touch with the IRCC regarding extending your PR Visa? Have you already activated your PR?

Our visas expire on 4 July and we had planned a trip for end of May to activate and unfortunately come back to SA as we haven't yet sold our house but with all that's happening it doesn't look like we are going to get there before it expires.

Im stressing a lot in case international travel is banned for an extended period and we end up losing our PR.  

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Slippers

Hi all, I am on a Whatsapp group where there is an attempt to arrange another flight to Canada. Not sure if it will happen or not but the more people who show interest the better chance there is it of happening. So if you interested in joining let me know. There are about 200 odd people on a list already. 

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wensyb

@Slippers say hi, I'm admin on the group 🤣

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Slippers

@wensyb Haha then I guess they must rather talk to you :) 

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Seth

Hey @DC85!

Sorry for the late reply. No, we have not yet been in contact with them, but we are exempt from travel restrictions as our PR Confirmation was approved on the 11th of March. I received this mail from the IRCC:

 

Important information for approved permanent residence applicants currently outside Canada

This email is for you if:

  • you are outside of Canada
  • your application for permanent residence (PR) was approved and
  • you have a confirmation of permanent residence (CoPR)

If you are already in Canada, please disregard this message; it does not apply to you. If you are a representative, please inform your clients who fit the above description.

Congratulations again on having been selected to immigrate to Canada. We look forward to welcoming you. Unfortunately, the response to the global pandemic is forcing travel restrictions and delays in plans for many. We want to ensure you are aware of restrictions in place in Canada at this time.

On March 20, 2020, the Government of Canada provided updates on exemptions to travel restrictions in place to stop the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health and safety of Canadians.

Find out if the travel restrictions apply to you:

  • If your PR application was approved before or on March 18, 2020, you are allowed to travel to Canada. Please read about the public health measures below. If circumstances allow, we encourage you to continue to make plans to land in Canada in 2020.
  • If your PR application was approved after March 18, 2020, you should not make any plans to travel to Canada until travel restrictions are lifted. You will not be allowed into Canada at this time.
  • Use the issuance date on your CoPR to determine if you were approved before, on, or after March 18, 2020.  If possible, we encourage you and your accompanying family members to arrive in Canada at the same time. 

Public health measures you must follow if you plan to travel to Canada soon:

  • If you travel by air, you will need to pass a health check before you are allowed to board your flight. Travellers who show symptoms of COVID-19 will not be allowed to travel to Canada. If you know you are sick, delay your travel plans until you are feeling well.
  • Whether you travel to Canada by land or by air, a border services officer will assess your health once you arrive in Canada.
  • Once in Canada, you must quarantine for 14 days, even if you have no symptoms. This is mandatory for all travellers. There are significant penalties for anyone who does not follow this order. Please see New Order Makes Self-Isolation Mandatory for Individuals Entering Canada.
  • You must have a plan for how you will quarantine for 14 days when you get to Canada and how you will have access to groceries, get medical care, and other essential services. You will be asked to show your plan to border officials. While in quarantine, you will not be able to leave your place of quarantine for any reason. If you do not have a plan for quarantine do not travel until you have made one.

If your CoPR expires before you are able to travel to Canada:

  • If you have not already done so, please contact us using the webform to let us know if you are not able to travel to Canada before your document expires. If you have already done this, we have the information and you don’t need to submit another.
  • You may not get an immediate response to your enquiry indicating the next steps, but we are reviewing all enquiries. IRCC is working hard to determine the next steps for clients in this situation. We’re not sure yet when updates or instructions on this will become available, but we will make sure that they are communicated as soon as next steps are decided on.
  • Please also continue to regularly check on our COVID-19 webpage for updates.

Thank you for your patience during these exceptional circumstances.

Immigration, Refugees, and Citizenship Canada

 

 

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We are, however, still going to contact them to extend our Immigration Visas just in case, but we are looking to head to Calgary before the end of summer. We have an uncle there, and he's keeping us well informed of the situation. :)

 

Let me know if you managed to hear back from the IRCC, but from what I read on CBC News, it is almost a done deal that the IRCC will extend all immigration visas and application timelines due to "unforeseen" impacts caused by "Co-co" (COVID).

 

The IRCC is also very responsive on Twitter if you want to give that a try.

 

Good luck! Stay safe, stay sane! :)

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