Canada's border is still closed to all non-essential travel due to the global pandemic due to COVID-19. 

However, if you have a family member in Canada, you can travel to Canada even though the border is closed. The rules are different depending upon whether your family member is an immediate family member (close family) or an extended family member.

How to Reunite in Canada with an Immediate Family Member During the Pandemic

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An "immediate family member" means:

  • your spouse or common-law partner
  • your dependent child or step-child
  • your dependent child's dependent child (i.e. your grandchild only if their parent is also your dependent child)
  • your parent or step-parent or your in-law
  • your guardian.

In order to get on the plane to come to Canada, you will need to provide the following:

  • a valid passport (or other travel document)
  • proof that you are related (see above) to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • proof that you are staying in Canada for 15 days or longer OR
  • proof that you are traveling because you have to (a funeral, etc.)

 

How to Prove Your Family Member is Canadian

You need a copy of one of the following to show your Canadian family member has appropriate status for you to come to Canada:

  • your family member's Canadian passport
  • your family member's Canadian citizenship certificate or card
  • your family member's Canadian birth certificate
  • your family member's PR Card
  • your family member's valid Permanent Resident Travel Document
  • your family member's Certificate of Indian Status

 

How to Prove Your Relationship with Your Immediate Family Member

You also need to prove your relationship with your family member. You must provide one of the following:

  • a marriage certificate, if the immediate family member is your spouse
  • proof of common-law status (proof of shared address), if the immediate family member is your common-law partner
  • a birth certificate with both your name and your family member's name on it, if the immediate family member if your parent or child
  • a Confirmation of Permanent Residence for Family Class Sponsorship.

If you have none of these, contact Immigroup for help proving this relationship.

How to Come to Canada During the Pandemic If Your Family Member is Extended Family, Not "Immediate"

You can also come to Canada as a visitor during the pandemic if your family member is part of your "extended" family, and is not just a close relative. In this case, "extended" means:

  • your exclusive romantic partner, whom you have been dating for at least one year, and whom you've seen in person at least once
  • your non-dependent (adult) child
  • your grandchild (must be a dependent of your adult child)
  • your sibling, half-sibling or step-sibling
  • your grandparent.

If you are not a relative of a Canadian but are related to someone who is related to a Canadian in one of the above ways, you may also be eligible.

If you are related to a spouse or common-law partner of a Canadian, who is eligible to come to Canada during the pandemic due to their immediate family in Canada, you must be:

  • non-dependent (adult) child - the Canadian is your father- or mother-in-law
  • grandchild (dependent child of a dependent child) - the Canadian is your other grandparent but your parent is still a dependent
  • sibling, half-sibling, or step-sibling - the Canadian is your brother- or sister-in-law (or half-brother-in-law or step-brotherin-law or half-sister-in-law or step-sister-in-law)
  • grandparent (the Canadian is your grandchild's spouse)

The same rules apply if your relative is in an exclusive romantic relationship with a Canadian (see above) except that siblings, half-siblings and step-siblings are ineligible in this case.

 

How to Prove Your Relationship with Your Canadian Extended Family Member

If you need help filling out the application or check the status of an existing application please contact us at 1-866-760-2623 ext 1. Immigroup is a private immigration firm that deals with applications like this one. 

There is a special application to come to Canada during the pandemic to visit an extended family member, it's called the application for authorization and statutory declaration IMM0006. The following must happen for you to come to Canada:

  1. Your Canadian family must complete the IMM0006 application, then they send it to you
  2. You must sign the completed IMM0006 application, then you send it back to them
  3. Your family member must sign the IMM0006 application in front of a Notary Public, Commissioner of Oaths, Justice of the Peace or eligible lawyer, then they send you a copy
  4. You must submit the IMM0006 plus a copy of proof of your family member's Canadian status (see above for the list of documents) to IRCC by email for permission to travel to Canada
  5. You must print off a copy of the written permission to travel to Canada and bring it with you to the airport.

The email to IRCC (step 4) must include:

  • your full name
  • your date of birth
  • if you have an application in process
  • how you applied for your visa (online or by paper)
  • your application number and unique client identifier (UCI)
  • your passport number
  • a detailed reason for travel
  • the dates you plan to travel
  • where you live now (current country of residence)
  • your supporting documents to show you’re eligible to travel to Canada at this time (for example, the application for authorization and statutory declaration for extended family members).

At the airport, you need to provide the same evidence as those with immediate family members travelling to Canada:

  • a valid passport (or other travel document)
  • proof that you are related (see above) to a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • proof that you are staying in Canada for 15 days or longer OR
  • proof that you are traveling because you have to (a funeral, etc.)

Anyone travelling to Canada must follow all airline requirements regarding COVID-19 safety precautions.

If you need help filling out the application or to check the status of an existing application please contact us at 1-866-760-2623 ext 1. Immigroup is a private immigration firm that deals with applications like this one. 


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