You may wonder, who can travel to Canada with visitor visa at this time. As you know, Canada travel restriction has increased due to COVID-19 .This travel restriction applies to all the non-essential travels to Canada after the breakout of Corvid 19 Pandemic.
No foreign national could travel to Canada on a visitor visa for few months since the start of travel ban to Canada.
All the borders even US border was closed to visitors and people could not enter Canada even with a valid visitor visa or Electronic Travel Authorization (ETA). After controlling the first wave of COVID-19 Canada started to ease the travel restrictions by letting the immediate family member of the Canadian Permanent residents or Canadian citizens to come to Canada.
Until 2nd Oct 2020 only immediate family members of a Canadian Permanent resident or a Canadian Citizen could travel to Canada .
Today, youou can travel to Canada if you have visitor visa or ETA and eligible under any one of the following 3 categories.
who can travel to Canada with visitor visa as an immediate family member ?
- spouse or common-law partner
- dependent child
- dependent child of a dependent child
- parent or step-parent
- guardian or tutor
2-The second category is the extended family member of a permanent resident or Canadian citizen, this the latest updates made on oct 2nd 2020 ,
Extended family member may define depending on how you are related to your family member in Canada.
As a direct extended family member, and Under the following circumstances you can be exempt from the border restrictions
If you are related in any of the following ways to a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident, you can apply for a authorization and statutory declaration.
who can travel to Canada with visitor visa as an extended family member of a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident?
- someone who have been in a romantic relationship for at least 1 year and you were presented physically by each other at a point in your relationship
- a non-dependent child
- a grandchild
- a sibling, half-sibling or step-sibling
- a grandparent
You will be extended family member if you are have the following relations with the spouse or common-law of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
- an adult child;
- are a grandchild (dependent child of a non-dependent adult child);
- are a sibling, half-sibling or step-sibling; or
- a grandparent.
You will be considered an extended family member if you are have the following relations with the dating partner of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident.
- a dependent child;
- an adult child; or
- a grandchild (dependent child of a non-dependent adult child).
You need written authorization from IRCC and declaration signed by the Canadian citizen or permanent resident that confirms your relationship. This rule applies whether you’re travelling from the (US) or any other country if you fly to Canada.
You should not book a flight until you get This document as it is one of the requirements To board your flight to Canada
3- The 3rd category who can travel to Canada on Visitor visa is the family members of a Temporary visa holders.
The first requirement under this category is to travel for an essential reason. And if you are traveling from any country except US, you must have written authorization from IRCC to fly to Canada.
If you are traveling to Canada from any country except US, as a family members of a Temporary visa holders, You need the followings to board your flight
- a valid visitor visa or eTA
- a valid passport
- necessary documents to show you’re exempt from the travel restrictions
- and you’re travelling for essential reason, such as living with family member
- and be checked by airline to make sure that you don’t have symptoms of COVID-19,
if you wish to travel to Canada on a visitor visa under any category , your travel duration must be more than 15 days and you must have a quarantine plan for at least 14 days upon arrival.
So there is still chance to travel to Canada as a visitor, if you need further assistance in this regard please contact us by email, WhatsApp or through the chat box on our website. We have the best immigration consultant in Vancouver and best immigration lawyer in Canada. We work in a team of highly expert professionals to exceed your expectations and help you to achieve your goal of immigration to Canada.