Coronavirus Immigration Resource Centre
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We have developed this resource centre to help keep our clients and others informed of the implications related to immigration and refugee law of the COVID-19 global pandemic. As the situation evolves, we will post links to key websites and advisories from our lawyers and paralegals about issues for you to consider when making decisions for you, your family, and your business.

Latest Updates from Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC), the Immigration and Refugee Board (IRB) and the Federal Court of Canada:

May 14 2020 – IRCC Issues Policy for Flexibility in post-graduation work permit rules

May 11 2020 – Ontario Immigrant Nominee Program Releases Program Updates in Response to COVID-19

April 29 2020 – Federal Court Issues Updated Practice Direction and Order in Response to COVID-19

April 27 2020 – IRCC Client Support Centre resumes calls

April 23 2020 – Service Canada Notice: Special Compliance Inspections for Employers of the Temporary Foreign Worker Program during COVID-19

April 22 2020 – IRCC News Release: Removing barriers for international students working in essential services to fight COVID-19

April 18 2020 – IRCC releases update outlining how COVID-19 is affecting immigration applicants

April 10 2020 – IRCC releases processing changes for visas due to COVID-19

April 8 2020 – IRCC provides updated instructions on Post-graduation work permit (PGWP) validity and application

April 8 2020 – IRCC provides updated instructions on Restoration of temporary resident status

April 7 2020 – IRB provides update of Special Temporary Measures due to COVID-19

April 6 2020 – IRB issues practice notice: Communicating by electronic mail at the Immigration Division (ID)

April 4 2020 – Federal Court Issues Updated Practice Direction in Response of COVID-19


COVID-19 Immigration & Refugee News Updates:

May 19 2020 – US-Canada border will remain closed to nonessential travel for at least another month – CNN

May 12 2020 – Federal government fast-tracking temporary foreign worker approvals to fill labour gaps CBC News

May 3 2020 – Hong Kong protesters seek refuge in Canada – The Globe and Mail

April 24 2020 – Alberta extends health care to uninsured foreigners with lapsed work permits during pandemic – CBC News

April 23 2020 – Trump signs executive order to suspend some U.S. immigration amid COVID-19 – Global News

April 22 2020 – Some refugee claimants can now enter Canada – iPolitics

April 21 2020 – Trump says he will suspend all immigration into U.S. over coronavirus – CBC News

April 19 2020 – Coronavirus fears spark calls for migrants to be released from B.C. holding centre – Global News

April 18 2020 – Trudeau: Canada, U.S. strike deal to extend border restrictions by 30 days – CBC News

April 17 2020 – Canada’s flexible immigration system pivots for COVID-19 – The Lawyer’s Daily

April 17 2020 – Canada-U.S. agree to extend border restrictions by 30 days: sources – CTV News