With travelling restrictions, online application for visitor visas and eTAs process resumes – IRCC


Big announcement from Ottawa, Canada on June 30, 2020, has floated which seems good news for the applicants who have been waiting for reopening of Canadian immigration processes.

“From July 01, 2020, the process of online applications for Visitor Visas including transit visas as well as eTAs (electronic travel authorization) will be resuming to the possible degree for Immigration, Refugees & Citizenship Canada (IRCC).”

With such steps of process reopening IRCC is preparing against future application rush. By starting the online process and making final decisions IRCC will get ensured that future processing time is not getting affected and help to accelerate people’s travel when the restrictions are withdrawn. Although, current travel restrictions are so clear for applicants that even if they get a visitor visa or eTA, the majority of the people will not be able to travel to Canada at this time.

As of now, IRCC is stretching its review and approval processes that have been submitted online which include study permit and work permit applications as well. Offline processes or paper applications for all the above-mentioned processes i.e. visitor visas, study permits, and work permits will not be processed until further instruction or announcement.

To complete all the steps together with giving biometrics in the application process, few measures have been taken considering the required time for applicants. The reopening of some visa application centres is planned. To check the available appointments as well as to book your appointment click on the website for info on the VAC closest to them.

Note: At this time eligible travellers must have a plan to quarantine for 14 days when they reach Canada. This is mandatory, even if they do not have any symptoms. Travellers who do not have any plans are not advised to travel to Canada.


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