Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada has implemented special measures for applicants from Korea, China and Iran, where the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). The special measure was introduced to apply to citizens, permanent residents, visiting visa applicants, applicants for overseas study permits, and applicants for work permits, as well as Canadian citizens and permanent residents abroad, who must enter Canada safely. Visa Office Centres in China have already implemented the special measures on February 7 and South Korea and Iran as well since February 29.

According to the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada, special actions are applied to the following types of applicants:

• South Korean, Chinese, Iranian citizens or residents of South Korea, China, and Iran.

• Applicants subject to entry-related services or restrictions in Canada due to coronavirus (COVID-19)

o visa application centres closures

o service disruptions at visa application centres

o limited access to local government offices and businesses

o limited access to physical examination and biometric system services

We will accept applications from applicants who require permission to visit, work or study abroad, and have promised to help them proceed without physical examination or biometrics. If there are insufficient documents at the time of application, you can provide the rest of the documents except the insufficient documents, and specify the documents separately. The insufficient documentation will be available within the next 90 days, which will also apply to biometric systems. The biometric recognition system must proceed within 30 days of request, but the applicant included in the above conditions will be given an additional 90 days to receive biometric recognition.

For permanent residency applicants, Express Entry usually requires all documents to be provided within 60 days of receipt of the invitation. However, if you cannot receive the required documents due to the coronavirus outbreak, you can submit the reason why you cannot receive the documents and the documents except the documents you cannot provide. The rest of the documents can then be submitted as soon as they are available. However, this will put the applications on hold until further notice, so submission of documents without delays will prevent you from additional delays in the government decision on you applications.

In addition, those who have been granted permanent residency but are unable to do PR Landing before the document expires must explain the situation to Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada. If explained, Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada could postpone the appointment of an interview or the PR landing date. For Canadian citizenship applicants, if they find it difficult to visit the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada office, the Canadian citizenship test, re-test, interview, hearing, or citizenship pledge, they may re-establish an appointment by explaining the reasons in advance.

This special policy regarding Corona, Canada, states that Canada is favorable to foreign nationals regardless of the coronavirus and will continue to issue visitor permits, work permits, study permits as well as newcomers. If it is not easy to enter the country due to Corona or if the document is not easy to obtain, the deadline can be extended. Contact the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada in advance, if your flight is delayed or the required document is delayed due to the coronavirus.