OTTAWA: Canada’s immigration department has issued new guidelines for holders of expired permanent residence visas.
Individuals who are in possession of Confirmation of Permanent Residence (COPR) and Permanent Resident Visa (PRV) but whose documents have now expired will be allowed into Canada.
Canada has implemented different policies for expired visa holders depending on whether they are coming from the U.S. or other countries. People from outside of the U.S. need to have gotten their visas on or before March 18 in order to qualify for the new measure. Visa-holders based in the U.S. qualify regardless of when they received their visa.
Only those who intend to stay and settle will be allowed to travel to Canada at the moment and become permanent residents. Those who intend to come to Canada temporarily and leave cannot do so now unless they are exempt from the restrictions.
Travel to Canada must be non-discretionary. The government offers examples of the definition of non-discretionary travel on its website.